Gallery: Harvard Study Links Pesticide-Laced Corn Syrup to Bee Colony C...



The decline of the bee population over the last few years has been blamed on many causes, but a recent Harvard University study gives “convincing evidence” that pesticide-laced corn syrup may be the cause of colony collapse. The study shows that odd behaviors such as abandoning hives, disorientation and confusion could be the direct result of farmers feeding their bees high-fructose corn syrup, which was not an issue until U.S. corn crops started to be sprayed with the pesticide imidacloprid eight years ago. Scarily, the first outbreak of Colony Collapse Disorder occurred just a year afterwards.

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  1. mskitowhawk August 28, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Something is wrong with the honeybees in this photo. They all look very large and much like queen bees. Their color looks odd and they are all facing the same direction, in general. “I have a bad feeling about this!”

  2. Edward Kerr April 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This issue has been of great concern to me. Though I have no bees at this time I have kept bees in the past and worked for a commercial beekeeper when I was in college. There has been a lot of speculation as to the cause and I suspected pesticides all along. (thought that the cell phone tower radiation was a little off beat) Anyway, I think that it’s Bayer who makes this classification of pesticide. They are not a US company but might respond if enough people write to express their concern. There are about 250 food and fiber crops that need bees for pollination so the general welfare of humanity hangs in the balance (and I’m not being melodramatic) Thanks for this post.

  3. Greg Sully April 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    This news comes with little surprise to me. Back in the 1940’s a replacement to Leaded fuel, being used in World War 2, was found to have significant relationships to insect decline. The additive, that has now become part of the reduced Engine knocking chemical mixtures, was previously know as Back-straw / Black-straw. It had the side effect of when being heated, becoming a carcinogen toxin that is both Airborne and far worse for the environment than the Lead in fuel at the time. Noting that Lead it’s self was pretty harmful to both the Ozone Layer and people in general.

    So with the news that the pesticide-laced corn, is contaminating corn syrup and causing the Bee decline, what other Primary pollination species are being affected in this way too. On a personal level, I would prefer Bees & Moths over Mosquitos, pollinating crops. The bees have less of a sting in thee tale and make honey.

  4. sylrayj April 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    The bees are too important to risk, and it’s hard to say how long the pesticides will be in the environment and on the market. I sincerely hope that it is pulled off the market proactively, until the study proves or disproves this link.

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