30 Jan '16, 1am

Bees essential to the production of $15 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products/year!

Bees essential to the production of $15 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products/year!

Lately it seems like bees just can’t get a break. This is the tenth consecutive year of exceptional annual bee losses . And despite heightened attention to the plight of the nation’s pollinators—which are essential to producing $15 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products a year—these losses continue to grow. Beekeepers and scientists point to a suite of factors impacting bee health. But fundamentally, what’s stressing bees most is our current approach to agriculture: extensive pesticide use, crop monocultures, and planting patterns that have eliminated many of the blooming plants important to bees. Recent science also shows that multiple pesticide exposures are weakening bee immune systems and making them more vulnerable to diseases and pests. At the heart of this debate are neonicotinoids, now considered the world’s most widely used type of pesticide. When the U.S. En...

Full article: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/bees-die-epa-shuffl...

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