Scientific evidence continues to mount strengthening the case that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed key drivers behind colony collapse disorder (CCD). Three new studies out in the past two weeks, including one on April 5, 2012, add to the growing body of evidence thatÂ implicate pesticides as a critical catalyst behind drastic declines in bee population.
With beekeepers continuing to lose more than one-third of their hives each year, on average, the research is timely. Yet pesticide manufacturers like Bayer are attacking the science and attempting to delay regulatory action.Â Still, even with the industry PR machine at full throttle, public pressure is on for state and federal regulators to take swift action.
Pesticide use and bee population mortality is important to the Lower Susquehanna as most crops in Southern PA count on bees to pollinate – and therefore help produce – our food and forage crops. The die-offs of bee population has been studied by scientists for more than 10 years; while pesticides are not the only problem for bees, we know enough to act. Read threeÂ separate studiesÂ (three links there) from the last year confirming thatÂ that low-level exposures toÂ neonicotinoidsÂ synergize with a common pathogen to dramatically increase bees’ susceptibility to infection and the likelihood of death.