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Bad for Bees

Bad for Bees

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, August 18, 2016/Categories: wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment

Healthy Honeybees (credit: ARS)

Considering the importance of bee pollinators to crop production in nuts, melons, vegetables, fruit trees, strawberries, squash, and long list of others, maintaing the health of bees is essential. Bee populations have been in steady decline recently from a condition known as colony collapse disorder and pesticide risk has been investigated along with parasites and diseases. The impact of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) on pollinating insect populations, particularly bees, is now becoming clearer as a key factor in bee population declines. The pesticides, used to coat seeds of field crops like canola (rapeseed), appear to be a major culprit in this collapse since bees gather pollen that contains pesticide residues and infect the hive when they return with the pollen. The chemicals impact the bees nervous and immune systems. The use of these pesticides is banned in Europe now and they are being investigated for similar restrictions in the US and elsewhere.

A video report illustrates the concern and also the need to quickly find solutions.

Bad for Bees, indeed!

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