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75 Percent of Honey Contaminated With Pesticides

honey contaminated with pesticides

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  • In a sampling of honey collected around the world, the majority of samples were found to be contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides
  • Nearly 200 honey samples were tested, with neonicotinoids found in 75 percent of them
  • Forty-five percent of the samples contained two or more of the pesticides, while 10 percent contained four or five
  • In separate research, queen bees exposed to neonicotinoids were 26 percent less likely to lay eggs

By Dr. Mercola

The process of bees turning flower nectar into honey is one of the marvels of nature. After sucking the nectar from a flower, a honeybee stores the sweet juice in her stomach, carrying an amount close to her own weight, back to the hive. There, she delivers the nectar to an indoor bee, and it is passed from one bee to the next, mouth-to-mouth, until its moisture content reduces to about 20 percent, forming honey.


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