Pesticides and Honeybee Deaths

Honeybees are key pollinators that are absolutely crucial to our food system. And, tragically, they’re not having an easy time these days.

One factor responsible for a massive amount of honeybee deaths is a class of systemic pesticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals are widely used to grow corn. The EPA identifies two specific neonicotinoids, imidacloprid and clothianidin, as highly toxic to bees. Both chemicals cause symptoms in bees such as memory loss, navigation disruption, paralysis and death.

Leaked memos from inside the Environmental Protection Agency show that even the EPA doubts the validity of studies showing the pesticide clothianidin is safe.

These pesticides are not only used to prop up an unsustainable, monoculture system of industrial agriculture, they’re also killing a lot of bees in the process. Other countries have already banned these pesticides, but so far the Unites States isn’t making the same move. It needs to.

Learn more about this important issue—plus read summaries of many recent research studies on bees and pesticides—in these two articles:

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Val M.
Val M5 years ago


Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson6 years ago

No bees, no food.

wchi wink
.6 years ago

No more pesticides! Use other insects or stinging Nettle purin as natural pesticide, for example!

Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Brianna B.
Brianna B6 years ago


Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Tanja Z.
Tanja Zilker6 years ago


Debbie L.
Debbie Lim6 years ago

US are always the last to act. It seems that their just slowly dragging their feet when it comes to banishing a pesticide. They love those things so much because it grows 'healthy' corn for their monocultural system, but they seem to miss the most important point: future. The future seems very bleak to me...

Richelle Rausch
Richelle Rausch6 years ago

Yes! We need to save the bees! We need to stop using herbicides & pesticides. Our lawns do not have to look perfect. Don't like weeds? Dig them out. And many people with lawns have children or dogs. They are affected too.