Pesticide Cocktail Killing Bees


…in a study published in Nature, researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham, UK, show that low-level exposure to a combination of two pesticides is more harmful to bumblebee colonies than either pesticide on its own. The results suggest that current methods for regulating pesticides are inadequate because they consider only lethal doses of single pesticides. As ecologist Nigel Raine explains in the video, low doses of pesticides have subtle effects on individual bees and can seriously harm colonies. He hopes that his work will feed into consultations on pesticide regulations that are happening now in Europe.

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5 Comments on "Pesticide Cocktail Killing Bees"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Oct 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm |

    if humans are lucky
    the bees will genetically mutate to accommodate the pesticides
    or humans run out of oil/pesticides before the bees all die
    but the pesticides are due to industrial farming techniques
    and industrial farming techniques are destroying the human food supply

  2. Rusty Shackleford | Oct 23, 2012 at 12:17 am |

    Regulation strangles the free market. People can’t be free without the free market. My economics textbook says so.

  3. Moonbeam Eleven Crocket | Oct 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

    GM crops and pesticides have a recognizable impact on our bee colonies… our hives suffered decline when placed between orchards, we did note that the decline corresponded to the period when farmers sprayed the trees. When we placed the hives between rapeseed fields, the decline gradually increased through the flowering period (gmo crop)… when we had the hives within the nature reserve the colonies were healthy and productivity was noticeably improved. If we are to prosper in a balanced healthy way, we must act to completely outlaw pesticides and GM crops.

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