Pesticides Can Block Colony Formation in Bumblebees, Could Lead to Extinction: Study

Posted: August 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

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While an increasing number of countries, particularly in Europe, have become properly aware and have taken action against neonicotinoids, the U.S. stubbornly clings to their widespread use. This is happening even as the bumblebee has been put on the endangered species list in the U.S. for the first time.

Openhearted Rebel

By Jason Erickson, Natural Blaze

Regular readers of Natural Blaze are probably well aware of the threat that neonics present to the ecosystem. For this reason, it is essential that we continue to focus on each new study that reinforces what the alternative media seems willing to cover, but the mainstream not so much.

The plight of the pollinator continues to be documented by studies linking neonicotinoid pesticides to a range of negative effects upon bees and their colonies. Neonics have been implicated in tens of millions of bees instantly dropping dead at a single honey farm after nearby spraying of GMO crops. One type of neonic has even been shown to negatively affect social behavior within the hive itself, causing bees to abandon their responsibilities with protective care and foraging.

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Comments
  1. Kenneth T. says:

    Pesticides will cause human extinction – (it’s our own fault) if we don’t blow ourselves up first. *I don’t forsee it in my lifetime, though*
    People eat pesticides everyday…

    Not that the dwindling bee population is of no concern, mind you. It really is a major concern!

  2. Yes indeedy, Kenneth. If we lose our pollinators, we lose our ability to produce food crops.

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