Colony collapse disorder: Scientists blame pesticides for honeybee decline
New research finds systemic pesticides in 60 percent of tested honeybees and their hives in U.S., Canada
By Leah Zerbe
(This story is reposted by permission of Rodale.com, where it orginally appeared.)
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RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Bee fan or not, we all rely on the insects to pollinate the fruit, nut, and vegetable crops we enjoy every day. But in the last few years, the populations of our pollinators, particularly honeybees, have been plummeting. Dubbed colony collapse disorder, the cause of the devastation isn’t known. There are many theories, from mites and viruses to cellphone towers. One potential cause—pesticides—gained more credibility this week with the release of a new study by Pennsylvania State University. Researchers found “unprecedented levels” of pesticides in honeybees and hives in the United States.
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