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TAKE ACTION to protect Britain's bees - The Ecologist

TAKE ACTION to protect Britain's bees - The Ecologist

Britain's bees are under threat. The British Beekeepers Association has reported a fourth year of unacceptably high colony losses for its members. The explanations for this vary. As the Ecologist reported , causes for continued decline in bee population have been attritubed to many things: from disease and habitat loss to GM crops, mites and mobile phones. There is a growing body of evidence that neonicotinoids , a group of synthetic chemicals used as a coating for agricultural seeds and in pot plants, are harmful to bees. These chemicals work by spreading throughout the plant and into the nectar and pollen that the bees eat. Neonics are 7,000 times more toxic than DDT, a chemical pesticide the UK government banned in 1984. Conservationists say that exposure to neonicotinoids, while not killing bees outright, actually weaken them and make them more susceptible to disease. ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/how_to_make_a_difference/wild...

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