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Bad for Bees

Bad for Bees

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Categories: wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment

Healthy Honeybees (credit: ARS)

Considering the importance of pollinators to crop production in nuts, melons, vegetables, fruit trees, strawberries, squash, and long list of others, maintaing the health of bees as prime pollinators is essential. Bee populations have been in steady decline recently from a condition known as colony collapse disorder. Pesticides based on neuro-toxins, along with parasites and diseases, are a prime suspect.

The impact of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) on pollinating insects, particularly bees, is now becoming clearer as a key factor in these bee population declines. Neonics are used to coat field crop seeds like canola (rapeseed), corn, and soyabean and they appear to be the major culprit in bee collapse. Being pollinating insects, bees gather pollen that may contains pesticide residues and infect the hive when they return with the pollen. The agro-chemicals impact the insect's nervous and immune systems. The use of these pesticidees is now banned by the European Union and they are being investigated for similar restrictions in the USA and elsewhere. A video report illustrates this environmental concern and also the need to act quickly to find solutions.

Bad for Bees, indeed!



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