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3 Studies Link Common Pesticides to Bee Decline (Slideshow)

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(2) Neonicotinoids Reduce the Growth of Bumblebee Colonies and the Production of Queens

Bees!

In another study in Science, British researchers fed sugar water laced with a neonicotinoid to 50 bumblebee colonies. They moved the bee colonies to a farm beside 25 colonies that had been fed ordinary sugar water.

Colonies exposed to the pesticides produced 85 percent fewer queens. Such a decline would translate into 85 fewer colonies.

All the bees in a colony die at the of a year except for a few new queens, which go on to produce new hives. But if far fewer queens are produced, there will be far fewer bees colonies, period.

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4:00PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:41PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Awful.

10:02PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

wow took a genius to figure that out eh. Look at the back of any pesticides and it says harmful to bees.

9:32PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Unless we want to view our food supply as a pest, maybe we should start rethinking non-organic pesticide procedures...

11:17AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

WHAT are GMOs doing to the bees?

10:49AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Tell the students this is already known. So what is going to be done about it? You kill off the bees and you're as good as dead yourself. I tell you, wherever man goes, death and destruction follow.

9:09AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

This should scare the hell out of every living being. I scares me. Their fate is our fate folks.
No bees = no life. It's as simple and as complicated as that.

Are YOU scared? You SHOULD be................................

9:35PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Why is it that in today's world we have all of this crap? We/ve gone centuries without these life destroying chemicals, It makes me sick to go and buy fresh vegetables and fruits wondering what has been sprayed or added to their soil. In my own garden, I have seen less bees coming around for the past three years. It sadden me. I try to grow lots of flowers to bring them around to help pollen my vegetables and fruit plants. I have been signing all sorts of petitions to put a stop it it. I hope they do, before they kill us all. Thanks Kristina

5:59PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

We have known for years that pesticides kill the bees. Lets have more ACTION......ban pesticides!! What effect are pesticides having on birds and even us humanes??

5:49PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

There is the potential for a huge worldwide famine in the next few decades that promises to affect America as well as every other country. And human activity is central to this possibility. Climate change is negatively altering the growing cycles of agriculture around the world. Super fires, floods, and other disasters destroy crops. Farm land is becoming more and more salty dues to irrigation practices. Genetic modification of crops promise the creation of foods that have increasingly toxic effects on consumers. We are over fishing our oceans and many species are on the verge of extinction. The oceans are becoming more acidic during this same time. Population numbers are now over 7 billion people and climbing. Add to this colony collapse syndrome, and we have all the elements for a huge decline in food production leading very quickly to worldwide famine. We simply do NOT have the luxury of waiting for further research on the devastating effects of these types of insecticides.

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