A recent Harvard University study has determined that neonicotinoids are the direct cause of mounting bee deaths.
“A new study out of Harvard University, published in the June edition of the Bulletin of Insectology puts the nail in the coffin, neonicotinoids are killing bees at an exponential rate, they are the direct cause of the phenomenon labeled as colony collapse disorder (CCD),” writes CS Globe.
The study focused on 18 separate bee colonies, located across three separate apiaries in the state of Massachusetts.
Over a period of one year, four of the colonies in each apiary were treated with neonicotinoids pesticides, while six at those apiaries were not.
“Of the 12 hives treated with pesticides, six were completely wiped out,” says CS Globe.
Neonicotinoids are becoming prevalent in our environment, and can be found in crops, soil, water supplies and fields where the chemical is not even sprayed.
“Furthermore,” writes CS Globe, “bees transfer these pesticides to other plants and crops that are not treated with the chemicals, which goes to show just how persistent these chemicals truly are in the environment.”
The study also indicated that fields spread across the region spanning from Maine to Delaware were shown to contain about nine different chemicals used for agricultural purposes.
“These included fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides,” writes CS Globe. “In some cases they even recorded samples of 21 different agricultural chemicals.”