Honeybee Death Linked to Corn Insecticides

New research now indicates that there maybe a connection between an increase in honeybee deaths and the use of insecticides, specifically chemicals used to coat corn seeds.

The new study, titled “Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds”, was published in the American Chemical Society‘s Environmental Science & Technology journal, and provides new enlightenment in to the possible causes behind colony collapse disorder.

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According to the study, neonicotinoid insecticides “are among the most widely used in the world, popular because they kill insects by paralyzing nerves but have lower toxicity for other animals.”

“In view of the currently increasing crop production, and also of corn as a renewable energy source, the correct use of these insecticides within sustainable agriculture is a cause of concern,” researchers quoted.

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