First Long-Term Study Confirms World’s Most Popular Pesticides Are Wiping Bees Off The Planet…

First Long-Term Study Confirms World's Most Popular Pesticides Are Wiping Bees Off The Planet...

The 2006 bee die off, known as colony collapse disorder, gained global attention when bees around the country (and the world) began coming down with signs of insecticide poisoning, from tremors and uncoordinated movement to convulsions and death.

The pesticides in question, known as neonicatinoid pesticides, were hurried through the US regulatory agencies, but the beeks kept showing up dead.  The pesticides made the bees susceptible to viral infections and mites, and reduced the reproductive ability of the queens.

Now, the first long-term study on the danger of neonicatinoids has been performed.  18 years of data were collected on 64 wild bee species and their use of the oilseed rape plant, in which neonicatinoids were heavily used.  The study found that about half of the total honeybee decline is due to the insecticide. All of the 34 species that forage on oilseed rape showed at least a 10 percent decline from neonics, with the most affected group experiencing a 30 percent decline from neonics.



“Historically, if you just have oilseed rape, many bees tend to benefit from that because it is this enormous foraging resource all over the countryside,” lead author Dr. Ben Woodcock told the BBC. “But this co-relation study suggests that once its treated with neonicotinoids up to 85 percent, then they are starting to be exposed and it’s starting to have these detrimental impacts on them.”

The research adds to several laboratory and short-term field studies which have found negative effects of neonics on honeybees and wild bees. Even the EPA has been forced to admit neonics kill bees.

“The negative effects that have been reported previously do scale up to long-term, large-scale multi-species impacts that are harmful,” said co-author Dr Nick Isaac. “Neonicotinoids are harmful, we can be very confident about that and our mean correlation is three times more negative for foragers than for non-foragers.”

Though companies like Monsanto and Bayer may deny the danger of their constructed pesticides, studies like this back up the growing concern that they are doing severe damage to the bee population, globally (via Minds).

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We’ve been telling everyone this for ages. Wake up Australia and avoid pesticides!

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i grow flowers n veggie gardens in my yard . i refuse to use pesticides in it.

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well that explains everything that i’ve thought of for years. just cuz they say that “as soon as it comes in contact with the soil it dilutes”, BULLSHIT!!!!!!!! IT’S STILL A FRICK’N CHEMICAL!!!!!!!!!

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    so is dihydrogen oxide, but you probably consume glasses of it every day.

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Too bad Monsanto and their shareholders don’t add their wonderful pesticides to their own morning breakfast shakes and do us all a service by dropping dead themselves. They are far more harmful to this planet than any insect in existence.

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considering Eco-snippets recent failures on anything science based I’m in doubt about this article.

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that’s why we have to help organisations as “Pollinis. They fight against Monsanto and others….

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we must protect our bee’s …………………

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Wow Monsanto been around a long time bee die outs have been going on since the 1700s.

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So where’s the link to this supposed research. Funny how they just come up with a study no name for it, no journal name, had pick generic quotes, etc. Atypical garbage article by Ecosnippets.

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    The link was within the article, but if it’s too hard for you here you go… http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms12459

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    Ecosnippets EU and UK have banned the use of neonicotinoids since 2013. Pretty bogus study right there. Also populations of bees have had a steady increase in population since 2006. Neonicotinoids have been in use before the colony disorder took affect. Stop being a one horse pony many things kill bees. It’s been going on since recorded history.

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Monsanto Is still
Killing viet nam vets with the agent orange crap!!!!

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Just the bees? What about human beings?

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Lifestyles of the rich and famous: “And, all your money won’t another minute buy…” Destroying the food chain will profit you not. Death is the great equalizer when lying next to the commoner you shall rot.

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If people would refuse to buy and use this; we could make a positive impact. Wake up!

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As opposed to copper sulfate, sprayed on “organic” food.

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and what do you do when your next door neighbor is gonna spray the house for bugs?? weve got gardens and a small orchard!!

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Finally, others will know what many of us new for a long time.

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I refuse to use pesticides at my house. Inside and outside. If it kills insects what is it doing to you and your family

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With what thinking do you continue to use products which kill that which pollinates your crops?

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    The thinking that loves money in the immediate without caring about the future.

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Are we sure colony collapse has nothing to do with irresponsible over-harvesting of honey caused by the extreme vilification of certain types of sugars and those that helped vilify are now scrambling for a scapegoat?

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    Honey is a mass produced product and bee queens are created which produce drone bees and honey bees. Any bee keeper can do it, but these mass producer bee farms are using very un-natural methods which end up with unhealthy bees.

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    Over harvesting is very improbable, because beekeepers know better. To kill your own bees is shooting yourself in the foot, why would you think that? Are you a shill for monsatan?

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    Joyce Ann, it is clearly not going to productive to pursue this with you since you obviously jump to ridiculous conclusion about things you don’t know. Colony collapse has been and is a real issue because greedy people want that liquid gold to sell.

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    Are you for real? Do you know anything about keeping bees?

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    If you harvest too much of the honeycomb the colony will collapse and die. I will tale the word of those that keep bees in my city over that of those whose sole purpose is to take down a single company. The bee keepers have no reason to bend or alter facts.

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    I guess science deniers are everywhere these days.

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it didnt require a study, it was a delay tactic

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The bees die we die. It’s only a matter of time.
Consequences.

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Important to keep this mind, but this study was published over a year ago. Just saying.

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    Has the situation changed? Yes, Canada and countries in Europe are banning certain chemicals, America still allows them, just saying.

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