Saturday, January 28, 2012

Our Dying Bees: An Indispensable Canary in the Coal Mine

 

Dying Honeybees: It Was the Insecticides All Along By Jeanne Roberts, Celsias 28 January 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/9659-dying-honeybees-it-was-the-insecticides-all-along

[excerpted]
ith news that the U.S. honeybee population has been so devastated that some beekeepers will qualify for disaster relief dollars, comes a report from Purdue University that one of the causes of honeybee deaths is - as long suspected - neonicotinoids.

I say one of the causes, because the article does. In fact, the levels of neonicotinoid contamination of the powder used to spread seeds - up to 700,000 times the lethal dose - suggest that this pesticide may be the major, or precipitating, cause, with Varroa mites and other problems simply the straw that breaks the camel’s back..."

read the entire article at the link above
For background on the bee collapse, and an analysis of how the pesticide industry co-opts science on the problem, see here:





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