Another study published in Naturwissenschaften – The Science of Nature by a leading bee expert, provides evidence that a widely used pesticide, even at low levels, is responsible for the recent catastrophic decline in honey bees. (This study concluded 2 years ago)
The pesticide that the study (pdf) looked at was imidacloprid, one of the most widely used pesticides worldwide. It is neonicotinoid insecticide produced by Bayer CropScience. That’s right, Bayer as in your aspirin.
The world’s growing population means more bees are needed to pollinate the crops to feed more people. According to the U.N. report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world’s food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent. Noting that humans seem to believe that they can operate independent of nature through technological innovations, Achim Steiner, the executive director of the UNEP said, “Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to 7 billion people.”
The EPA knowingly approved the use of a lethal pesticide (clothianidin) that kills honeybees. In order to try and stop this nonsense, there is a petition to ban the use of this pesticide. Take a moment, sign the petition.
Got to help save our little bees, without them, no food. And that’s just not good.