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posted by martyb on Saturday July 01 2017, @05:10AM   Printer-friendly
from the be-nice-to-bees dept.

The most extensive study to date on neonicotinoid pesticides concludes that they harm both honeybees and wild bees. Researchers said that exposure to the chemicals left honeybee hives less likely to survive over winter, while bumblebees and solitary bees produced fewer queens.

The study spanned 2,000 hectares across the UK, Germany and Hungary and was set up to establish the "real-world" impacts of the pesticides. The results are published in Science [open, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa1190] [DX]. Neonicotinoids were placed under a temporary ban in Europe in 2013 after concerns about their impact on bees. The European Commission told the BBC that it intends to put forward a new proposal to further restrict the use of the chemicals.

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  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Saturday July 01 2017, @07:43AM (1 child)

    by kaszz (4211) on Saturday July 01 2017, @07:43AM (#533842) Journal

    My point is that there might be more toxins worth to investigate. So as to not remove neonicotinoid just to get another worse replacement. And other toxins may show up when the worst one is removed from use.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Gaaark on Saturday July 01 2017, @01:39PM

    by Gaaark (41) on Saturday July 01 2017, @01:39PM (#533899) Journal

    and with the way the money grubbing goes, you have to maintain vigilance against evil... ALWAYS.

    Lobbying with money should not be allowed: it mutes those without it

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