30 Jul '11, 1pm

Turkish Beekeepers Abuzz Over Pesticide Concerns...

In the past, the sunflower-growing area of Tekirdağ , part of the Thrace region west of Istanbul, was a major draw for honeybees. Now experts and beekeepers say the crops have become a serious threat. According to retired Professor Muhsin Doğaroğlu, an apiculture expert, pesticides used in the region have had a negative effect on bees, the Turkish paper Hürriyet Daily News reported: The type of pesticide used on sunflowers has been banned by the Agriculture Ministry, Doğaroğlu said, but added that the effects of its past use would continue to be felt for years to come. "This pesticide affects the bees' nervous systems," he said. "It causes bees to lose their ability to smell and find their direction." Because of the pesticide, beekeepers have stopped coming to Thrace, the academic also said. Beekeepers who used to bring their bees to the area to feed on the sunflowers say ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/turkish-beekeeper...

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