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Bad for Bees

Bad for Bees

 

Healthy Honeybees (credit: ARS bee labs)

 

With the importance of bees to production of crops as varied as almonds, melons, vegetables, fruit trees, strawberries, squash, and long list of others, maintaining their health as prime pollinators is critical. Sadly, bees have been declining due to a condition called colony collapse disorder. Pesticides based on neuro-toxins has been a prime suspect.

The impact of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) on pollinating insects, particularly honey bees, is now becoming clearer as a key factor in bee population declines. Neonics are used to coat field crop seeds like canola (rapeseed), corn, and soybeans and they appear to be the major culprit in this colony collapse. Being pollinating insects, bees gather pollen that may contains pesticide residues and infect the hive when they return with the pollen. These agro-chemical impacts to the insect's nervous and immune systems is a subject of much research in the USA and around the world. The use of such pesticides is now banned by the European Union and is being reviewed for similar restrictions in the USA. A Harvard University video illustrates these concerns and also the need to act quickly to find real solutions.

Bad for Bees, indeed!

WHB

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