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Insecticide ‘Unacceptable’ Danger to Bees, Report Finds

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  • Honeybees have been disappearing for the last 10-15 years, and exposure to insecticides has been one prominent theory as to why
  • The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released a report stating that there are “a number of risks posed to bees” by three neonicotinoid insecticides
  • EFSA found that when it comes to neonicotinoid exposure from residues in nectar and pollen in the flowers of treated plants only uses on crops not attractive to honeybees were considered acceptable
  • Systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids have become the fastest growing insecticides in the world; it’s been suggested that even sub-lethal doses of the insecticides may be negatively impacting bees

By Dr. Mercola

Systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids have become the fastest growing insecticides in the world. Two prominent examples, imidacloprid and clothianidin, are used as seed treatments in hundreds of crops. Virtually all of today's genetically engineered Bt corn, for instance, is treated with neonicotinoid insecticides.


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