05 Jul '17, 4am

Bad news for bees: 57 different pesticides found in honeybees

Using a new method to detect pesticides, researchers hope to get a handle on the toxic puzzle of bee poisonings. This may be simplistic, but when an insect is subjected to a battery of pesticides, doesn’t it make sense that their population might suffer? Since 2003 in North America and Europe the tragedy known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been wiping out bees. In Europe, the EPILOBEE project concludes that yearly colony mortality rates between 2012 and 2014 were up to 36 percent; in the U.S. data shows that annual colony losses reported by beekeepers reached up to 45 percent. As in, a lot of our bees are dying every year. Scientists have been unable to pin responsibility to a single source; there seems to be a number of factors thrown into the mix, but not the least of which is pesticide exposure. Yet even that is complicated. It’s not like there is just a pestici...

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