The Fight to Save Europe’s Bees

Photo: flickr/PaulSteinJC

Photo: flickr/PaulSteinJC

Bees have been repping black and yellow from the jump, and your honey wouldn’t be here without them. Still with stingers that can kill, you tend to swat them away if they get too close. They’re often the critters you hate to love, because the truth is you need them more than they need you. They play an essential role in the ecosystem, helping to propagate many of the flora that help keep the world fed and beautiful at the same time. 

It’s this pragmatic awareness that prompted a report given to European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declaring the most widely used insecticide in the world, imidacloprid, along with two others unfit for crop use.

The chemical can cause “acute and chronic effects on bee larvae, bee behaviour and the colony as a whole, and the risks posed by sub-lethal doses,” reports The GuardianThis is a big issue as “bees and other pollinators are critical to one-third of all food.”

[via Grist]

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