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Bees Addicted to Pesticides Like Humans are to Cigarettes

Despite realizing that cigarette smoking is harmful to health, a good percentage of people around the globe still smoke. A similar behavior is now noted in bees as per a new study, where bees are attracted to a pesticide that is drastically harming them.

However, researchers have found that bumblebees in particular, were more affected by these pesticides than normal honeybees which moved from place to place to pollinate crops such as almonds.

What’s even more concerning is the fact that these bees are actually not affected by these pesticide laced plants, and are infact, drawn to it, which could be making the problem worse.

In the recent years, there is a decline in the population of several bees including those that pollinate plants and many agricultural crops.

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Apart from this pesticide problem, there is another issue that has been prominent in the bee community since quite some time- the colony collapse disorder.

The researchers also found that exposure to these pesticides may cause a reduction in population of bees, and may affect reproduction rate negatively.

The use of neonicotinoids (the insecticides that are affecting the bee population) has been regulated by the European Union, and now, environmental activists are also pushing for a ban on its use in the United States.

the environment. This is the most definitive work I’ve seen in the area,” the researchers say.

The federal agencies “must step up and take action to ban these dangerous chemicals before it is too late to save our wild bees,” the researchers add.

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