It’s no secret to anyone who has seen Vanishing of the Bees or otherwise kept up with our coverage of Colony Collapse Disorder that most of the blame for the ill health of bees can be squarely blamed on pesticides, most particularly neonicotinoids. The latest findings in Europe back this up, as reported in the New York Times, but don’t expect AgriBusiness to accede to giving up their favorite killer chemicals without a fight:
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An influential European scientific body said on Wednesday that a group of pesticides believed to contribute to mass deaths of honeybees is probably more damaging to ecosystems than previously thought and questioned whether the substances had a place in sustainable agriculture.
The finding could have repercussions on both sides of the Atlantic for the companies that produce the chemicals, which are known as neonicotinoids because of their chemical similarity to nicotine. Global sales of the chemicals reach into the billions of dollars.