Tim Tucker is a beekeeper in Niotaze, Kansas, and president of the American Beekeeping Federation (American Beekeeping Federation, recently profiled in last week’s Sunday New York Times Sunday Review.
He’s your “go to guy” for everything to do with beekeeping, and ABF is the “go to site” for everything to do with promoting yet protecting honey bee habitats, including federal action affecting honey bees and pollinators. Today, there are strong steps being taken to protect bees from pesticides, because a world without honeybees would be catastrophic. A world without honeybees would mean a world without many of the fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds we relish.
Pesticides are Killing the Honeybees
The damage inflicted by the neonicotinoid class of insecticides has been formally condemned by the European Academies Science Advisory Council representing 29 national academies, including the UK’s Royal Society. They have concluded there is an increasing body of evidence that widespread use “has severe negative effects” on beneficial insects and other wildlife, including bees and birds, “and may even make pest outbreaks worse”.
Neonicotinoids, which have been detected in water samples through a salt assisted liquid-liquid extraction method (SALLE) and directly deposited for LDTD are chemically similar to nicotine and are absorbed by plants and spread to every part of them. First introduced in 1991, and in use in over 120 countries, over the last few years they are being accused of killing honey bees. And while some people consider bees as simply an annoyance, a source of irritation, scientists conclude that bees perform an essential task vital to our agriculture and crops.
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