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Battered Bees and the Threat to Our Food

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  • Combined exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides and parasites may alter queen bees’ physiology and survival, thereby potentially destroying the whole hive
  • Queen bees exposed to infection with the parasite Nosema ceranae along with a neonicotinoid called imidacloprid, which is a dose a bee may be exposed to in the wild, had serious effects
  • More than 90 percent of the exposed queen bees died within 45 to 90 days; if healthy, a queen bee may live for several years

By Dr. Mercola

Some plants produce offspring by producing seeds, but the seeds can only be produced by the transfer of pollen from the male anther of one flower to the female stigma of another.

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