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Pesticides hurt bees' ability to sniff out food

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 

The Guardian: A study in the U.K. found that certain pesticides disrupt bees' learning to associate particular scents with food.

These effects could make it harder for bees to forage among flowers for food, thereby threatening their survival and reducing the pollination of crops and wild plants.

The findings add to existing research that neonicotinoid pesticides are contributing to the decline in bee populations.

It has also been revealed that a separate government field study on the impact of the pesticides on bees was seriously compromised by contamination because the chemicals are so widespread in the environment.

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0 #1 To Bee Or Not To BeeGuest 2013-03-28 09:01:11
If pesticides are "dumbing down" the timeless honeybee, just imagine what those noxious, ubiquitous chemicals are doing to human little ones ... autism, anyone? As Joni Mitchell sang so well, "Leave the spots on apples, but give me the birds and the bees ..."
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