How Are Pesticides Affecting Wild Bees?

Pesticides are a common thing in a lot farms nowadays. It protects the harvest from pests from infecting the crops and also ensures good-looking final products. However, a recent research in Europe has banned a particular pesticide because it puts bees at risk.

In the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report debated whether a particular chemical should remain in use. Specifically, it looked at three pesticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam) from a group known as neonicotinoids. This was a result of a review done by EFSA in 2013.

The updated assessment has confirmed that the neonicotinoids do affect the bees. And this would be devastating effect on the production, since bees are crucial in the pollination of the crops. They even believe that the pesticides is one of the reasons why has been a global plunge in bee numbers. A huge part of this drop is also dependant on the environmental context.

Do you need to consider the pesticides used in your business? Or do you need to look at where you source your ingredients from and whether the use pesticides or not?

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