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Study: Pesticides Are Creating Pollination Problems and Killing Bees

Bees Decline

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  • Neonicotinoid pesticides, which are widely used in intensive agricultural operations, have been implicated in the decline of bees, particularly in commercially bred species like honeybees and bumblebees
  • New research has now shown these chemicals are leading to long-term population changes in wild bees as well
  • Wild foraging bees were three times more likely to be negatively affected by exposure to neonicotinoids than non-crop foragers
  • Overall, about 50 percent of the total decline in wild bees was linked to the pesticides

By Dr. Mercola

Neonicotinoid pesticides, which are widely used in intensive agricultural operations, have been implicated in the decline of bees, particularly in commercially bred species like honeybees and bumblebees.


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