Better to Be Safe Than to Be Sorry?
The European Union (EU) recently voted to temporarily ban the use of certain pesticides. Many of their scientists believe that the pesticides—called neonicotinoids—may be contributing to the staggering loss of honeybees around the world (known as colony collapse disorder).
Neonicotinoids attack the central nervous system of insects—paralyzing and killing them.
The EU will use the 2-year moratorium to further study the impact of these pesticides on honeybees.
In contrast, a recent U.S. Agriculture Department and Environmental Protection Agency report blames colony collapse disorder on many factors, including loss of living areas for bees and pesticide use. But unlike the EU, the use of pesticides is minimized in the U.S. report, with much of the blame being pinned on a parasitic mite.
What do you think is contributing most to the loss of the bees?