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  1. Hello, Dr. Vallianatos,

    My name is Christine Gordon, and I am a fact checker with Discover magazine working on Steve Vlox's piece on honey bees. Would you please confirm the following so that we can be sure all of the information is correct? Could you please send an email with the responses to Thank you, Christine

    Is is okay to identify you as E.G. Vallianatos, a scientist retired from the Environmental Protection Agency?
    Would you agree that everyone acts like Silent Spring was responsible for a new dawn, but in actuality not many folks have read it?

    Would you agree that exposure to neonics appears to compromise the bee’s immune system, and is it correct that a recent scientific literature review conducted by researchers in the U.K., Japan, France, and Italy concluded that exposure to systemic insecticides, including neonics, renders bees more susceptible to numerous diseases?

    1. Hi Christine,
      My apologies for this delay. My response is probably coming too late for the article you were checking. But there's little doubt neonics and other neurotoxins compromise honeybees: making them more susceptible to disease, confusing them so they cannot find their way home and, of course, killing them outright. Too bad our political class is so corrupt it cannot see the damage we are inflicting on both honeybees and ourselves.
      You can identify me as: E.G. Vallianatos: author of "Poison Spring" and former analyst or scientist with the pesticide program of the US EPA.
      Best wishes,

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  3. Dear E. G. Vallianatos, Jan/31/2017

    My name is Ella and I am a 6th grade student at Walden School in Pasadena. I’m investigating the problem of pesticides impacting our world today. I heard/read that you have quite a bit of knowledge about pesticides.

    I am wondering if you would be available in the next couple of weeks for an interview. Included are the questions I would like to ask you either in person, on the phone, or perhaps you could email me the answers. I appreciate you taking the time to respond and I look forward to hearing more about your perspectives on pesticides.

    1: What is your background on pesticides?

    2: What interests you most about pesticides?

    3: How did you come to know so much about pesticides Did you learn about pesticides from other people?

    4: What is your perspective?

    5: What do you believe are the two sides of pesticides?

    6: Why do you take your time to learn about pesticides?

    7: What helps you find good info about pesticides?

    8: What kind of pesticides do you study?

    9: Why are pesticides a problem?

    10: Do you know people that have a different view on pesticides?


  4. P.S My email address is Thank you!

    1. Dear Ella,
      My apologies for this delay.
      The reason I know a few things about pesticides is that I worked for a long time for the pesticides office of the US Environmental Protection Agency. In general, pesticides are synthetic chemicals designed to kill what humans define as "pests." The history of their use in this and other countries tells us to be very careful with them. Scientists have shown them to be causing cancer and other diseases. In addition, they kill useful insects like honeybees and butterflies. They contaminate our drinking water and food.

      Of course, those who benefit from the use of pesticides (farmers, loggers, lawn managers and numerous others) like pesticides.

      We have alternatives to pesticides. Organic farmers produce nutritious food without them. They are unnecessary.

      Thanks for writing!

      It may be a good idea to read my book: "Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA."



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