The Decline of Honeybees Linked to Pesticides
I’m a big fan of honey and I mean the raw, organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered honey available at Whole Foods Stores not the genetically modified type, helps keep the good bacteria flourishing in the body and provides natural antioxidants. Furthermore, this type of honey “plays vital a role in regulating insulin, managing a fever, easing digestion, alleviating allergies and can even help treat urinary tract infections” according to naturalnews.com.
Now imagine a world without bees or honey? Most of us can’t but that may be where we’re heading if we don’t protect them by allowing farmers to continually use dangerous pesticides which can ultimately impact our food supply. Sure there are benefits to using certain amounts and types of pesticides but these are becoming more rare than ever before so it’s up to us to make the conscious effort to take a stand and voice our concerns to our government representatives in this matter. Here’s an article Jennifer Lea Reynolds that delves into the adverse effects of using dangerous pesticides and how they’re killing off honeybees.
(NaturalNews) As if we need another reason to be very concerned about the harms of pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come out with its first scientific risk assessment study[PDF] which explains just how detrimental they may be. The agency studied neonicotinoids – a specific class of pesticides – and assessed their impact on bees in particular.(1)
By now, most people are aware that bees are vital to a flourishing food supply. Without them, a great majority of our food would be jeopardized. As it currently stands, about one-third of the human diet comes from plants that are insect-pollinated. When you consider that the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, it’s important to be cognizant of what’s happening in their world, that will either hinder or help their population. Unfortunately, it appears that the key word in that sentence is “hinder,” since dangerous pesticides are a great threat to honeybees.(1)
Although the study makes it clear that “Multiple factors can influence the strength and survival of bees whether they are solitary or social,” it is obvious that neonicotinoid pesticides are jeopardizing the honeybee population. For example, the EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention, Jim Jones, noted that the pesticide, imidacloprid, which is the most common neonicotinoid, can be detrimental. Over 25 parts per billion of that chemical is the magic number; if nectar brought back to the hive from worker bees exceeds that amount – which it has – Jones says that “there’s a significant effect,” that can lead to less honey, fewer bees, and “a less robust hive.”(1)
To read the full article click on the story posted on What’s Your Cloud.
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