A world in crisis: 57 different pesticides found in honeybee populations around the globe

Thursday, April 14, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: Jennifer Lea Reynolds
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Yet another study has come out linking pesticide use to the severely diminishing honeybee population; researchers found that 57 pesticides were present in the European honeybees that they studied. This finding is cause for concern, as it suggests that the harmful chemicals play a significant role in their massive decline around the globe.

After all, colony collapse disorder, which started rearing its ugly head around 2003, is a serious problem. Just in the U.S. alone, beekeepers reported annual colony losses up to 45 percent between 2012 and 2014. What makes that problematic is the fact that much of our food supply depends on bee pollination. Quite simply, fewer bees means less food. Since the dwindling bee population remains an ongoing concern, it’s safe to say the world has been facing a facing a crisis regarding this matter – a crisis which continues to this day.

“Bee health is a matter of public concern,” said Tomasz Kiljanek, lead author of the study from the National Veterinary Research Institute in Poland. “Bees are considered critically important for the environment and agriculture by pollinating more than 80 percent of crops and wild plants in Europe.”

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