• The Global Bee Population: Pesticides Are Killing

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    Bee-killing pesticides in particular pose the most direct risk to pollinators. The main reasons for global bee-decline are linked to industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity due to monocultures and the wide-spread use of bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for honeybees and wild pollinators. Although the relative role of insecticides in the global decline of pollinators remains poorly characterised, it is becoming increasingly evident that some insecticides, at concentrations applied routinely in the current chemical-intensive agriculture system, exert clear, negative effects on the health of pollinators – both individually and at the colony level. The observed, sub-lethal, low-dose effects of insecticides on bees are various and diverse.

    It’s been pretty big news for quite a few years now, the honeybee population has been dying off in very large numbers. At first the cause wasn’t so clear as it could have been for a number of reasons from environmental toxins to environmental changes. But evidence that has been coming forward over the past couple of years has made it clear what the problem is.

    Pesticides. A large body of evidence, outlined below, illustrates the clear link between pesticide use and the decline in honeybees around the globe.

    The video is a response to the millions and millions of bees that are dying all over the world. Not only are pesticides extremely toxic and detrimental to human health, (you can read more about that here and here) they are also responsible for the massive decline in global honey bee population.

    The Research

    A new study out of Harvard University, published in …

    For now, chemical corporations like Bayer are still denying their multi-billion-dollar product is responsible for driving the world’s bees to near-extinction. And national governments like those in Canada and the United States are more than happy to toe the company line. But local governments are finally beginning to fight back on their own. The city of Eugene, Oregon recently became the first city in the US to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. With mounting evidence and outcry from the public, it probably won’t be the last.

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