Wild and domestic honeybees perform about 80 percent of all plant pollination, with just one bee colony pollinating 300 million flowers in a single day. Nuts, fruits and vegetables are almost exclusively pollinated by bees, and 70 of the top 100 foods consumed by humans are reliant on bee pollination. These 70 foods provide 90 percent of the planet’s nutritional needs.
In recent years, the chemical industry has spent over $11 million dollars on a public relations initiative to try to absolve themselves of blame for the plight of the bees. Nonetheless, the tide has slowly been turning, and governments around the world have begun to acknowledge the damaging role of pesticides in the dramatic decline of the bee population.
Science Daily reported recently that Bayer AG has developed a pesticide called Sivanto, which has the active ingredient flupyradifurone. Bayer claims that this pesticide will not be harmful to bees and can even be applied safely on flowering fields. It has been available in the U.S. since 2015.
A research team from the University of Würzburg set out to test the company’s claims and found the very opposite to be true.
“Our data show that non-lethal doses of flupyradifurone after a single application to collecting honeybees have a negative impact on the bees’ taste, learning and memory capability,” noted the study’s lead author, Ricarda Scheiner.
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