Gallery: Study Shows That Potent New Pesticides May Be Killing Off Hone...

 

Since 2004, the number of honeybees in the U.S. has been nearly cut in half. While similar massive declines are prevalent around the world, scientists are still trying to figure out what exactly is causing the disappearance of the honeybees. A new study by the U.S. government’s premier bee expert Dr. Jeffrey Pettis suggests that nicotine-based chemicals found in popular pesticides have a dangerous effect on exposed bees and could be a major contributor to the missing bee mystery.

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  1. whatsthebigidea February 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    It would seem the consequences of honey bee decline would result in farmers stopping their use of suspected pesticides. Are there other underlying facts in the farmer/chemical co. dynamic that may explain this dependency?

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