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New Study Shows Bee Research Tainted by Corporate Funding

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  • Systemic neonicotinoid pesticides have been increasingly blamed for bee deaths, prompting the European Union (EU) to ban them for two years to study their involvement with large bee kills
  • The concern now is that these studies will be heavily biased with industry funding, as the UK’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has indicated corporate funding from insecticide makers will be allowed
  • The UK’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has reacted to the new government report, calling for unbiased bee research to protect bees, the environment and food supplies
  • An independent review by 29 scientists with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (which looked at 800 studies) found neonicotinoids are harming bees, butterflies, earthworms, snails, birds, and more
  • Neonicotinoids were also detected at nine Midwestern stream sites sampled during the 2013 growing season, indicating their widespread environmental risks

By Dr. Mercola

Since 2006, US beekeepers have lost 10 million beehives, worth an estimated $2 billion. The monetary loss is staggering, but the losses to the food supply, which could soon be disastrous if bees keep disappearing, is beyond words.

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