June Stoyer of The Organic View: Neonicotinoids and Our Disappearing Bees

 What is happening to our bee population? How do systemic pesticides called neonicotinoids affect our bee population? June Stoyer of The Organic View discusses these questions and the fate of the bees if something does not change. In the United States, neonicotinoids, a systemic class of pesticides, coat a massive 142 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton seeds. They are also a common ingredient in home gardening products. These pesticides are of particular concern because they kill sucking and chewing insects by disrupting their nervous system. Evidence has linked Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a phenomenon where bees fail to return to their hives leading to massive decline in bee colonies. Stoyer’s message is one of critical urgency for everyone about our disappearing bees.

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