There is a growing body of scientific work linking neonicotinoids use to decline in populations of honey bees and other pollinators.
The recent publication of a study led by Dr Jeffrey Pettis of the US Department of Agriculture’s Bee Research Laboratory showed that bees deliberately exposed to even tiny amounts of the neonicotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid, were, on average three times more likely to become infected by the parasite, nosema, as those that had not.
Now, three pesticides routinely used by European farmers pose an “acute risk” to honey bees, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In three studies published yesterday, EFSA addresses long-standing concerns of beekeepers and scientists about dwindling populations of pollinator bees.
Perhaps it is not the only reason that explain the CCD (colony collapse disorder) phenomenon, but it seems to be an important co-factor.
The European authorities may decide not to follow this advice and not to take strong measures, namely an outright ban of these pesticides, on January 31st.
You can sign the following petition if you want to help the beekeepers in their campaign to ban neonicotinoids.
The following link is an interesting documentary about the problem of the pestilence of bees (colony collapse disorder).
This documentary deal with this ecological disaster and explores the reasons behind the crisis.
I spoke about this phenomenon in a previous post, written in Italian. I’m planning to translate it in English in the next few months.