Pesticides Are Making Bees Smaller And Weaker

beesBut surely widespread pesticide usage wouldn’t have similar subtle effects on the growth and development of humans.Via the Guardian:

Bumblebees could be shrinking because of exposure to a widely-used pesticide, a study suggests.

Scientists in the UK conducted laboratory tests which showed how a pyrethroid pesticide stunted the growth of worker bumblebee larvae, causing them to hatch out reduced in size.

Pyrethroid pesticides are commonly used on flowering crops to prevent insect damage. The study, the first to examine the pesticides’ impact across the entire lifecycle of bumblebees, tracked the growth of bee colonies over a four month period.

Currently a Europe-wide moratorium on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides is in force because of their alleged harmful effect on bees. As a result, the use of other types of pesticide, including pyrethroids, is likely to increase, say the researchers.

5 Comments on "Pesticides Are Making Bees Smaller And Weaker"

  1. heinrich6666 | Jan 21, 2014 at 11:12 am |

    How dare you suppose something that hasn’t been scientifically proven!

    • No!

      • fromeveryangle | Jan 24, 2014 at 7:58 am |

        Here is a pdf on the bee subject, I would not discount pesticides , but this radio frequencies of gps tower are a major concern for this little guys Vol4_4_202-216_BM-8.pdf

  2. Simon Valentine | Jan 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm |

    hard to tell where one thing starts
    and the other had so ended
    like a language, mind, and reality
    special conscientious rules amended

    there in that imagined place
    math finds so many infinities
    it’s truly one remaining wonder
    and it you do not know for all amenities

    experience is caste dies as numerous as sand
    life problems you can’t enumerate because that’s life
    life’s existence so much not a solution
    at least to anything important
    you’ll simulate so many things
    you’re knowledge games of other beings
    integral, enigma, zerglings

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