Monday, January 30, 2012

Is new form of pesticide to blame for catastrophic decline in honey bees?

A new generation of pesticides may be to blame for the catastrophic decline in Britain’s honey bees.

The contain chemicals, routinely used on farms and in garden centres make bees more vulnerable to disease, a study has shown.

There have been concerns for some years about neonicotinoids, a family of chemicals based on nicotine, but a study by an expert based in the US finally confirms a link.

Conservationists have called for these pesticides, which became popular in the 1990s, to be banned as the insects are key to human’s survival – pollinating 70 per cent of the crops which produce most of the world’s food. Read More