by Tim Wesley, Natural News:
They had it coming. Beekeepers weren’t too surprised when studies came out and confirmed that neonic pesticides were killing worker and queen bees.
The study published in Journal Science found that 25 percent of bees that were exposed to high levels of neonic pesticides lose their lives. Study co-author Amro Zayed from the Toronto York University said: “We found higher worker mortality, deficits in learning and memory, differences in queen and reproductive biology. All of these have been found in other experiments by other researchers. So we’re validating all of these findings.”
It didn’t come as a surprise to beekeepers since neonic pesticides have already been in use for years now. Neonicotinoids belong to a new class of insecticides that are chemically related to nicotine. Neonicotinoid literally means “new nicotine-like insecticides” and it acts on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapse. A neonicotinoid is more likely to be lethal to invertebrates, like insects, rather than birds, mammals, and other organisms. It is popular because of its water solubility, which means it can be incorporated to soil and then absorbed by plants.