Study: Dangerous Pesticide Found In 75 Percent Of Global Honey
Study: Dangerous Pesticide Found In 75 Percent Of Global Honey By Derrick Broze – Natural Blaze
A new study has found traces of a controversial pesticide in 75 percent of the world’s honey.
A new study published in the journal Science detected at least one variety of a harmful pesticide in 75 percent of honey around the world. The study, “A worldwide survey of neonicotinoids in honey,” examined 198 types of honey from around the world looking for traces of neonicotinoids, a pesticide suspected of harming the honey bee population. Of the 75 percent containing neonicotinoids, 30 percent contained one neonic, 45 percent contained two or more, and 10 percent had four or five.
The neonicotinoids are a class of pesticide that has been linked to declines in bee populations. Neonics were developed in 1991 and commercial use began in the mid-1990s. Around 2006, commercial beekeepers began reporting what is now known as colony collapse disorder — where entire colonies of bees die off with no obvious cause. The disorder has been reported in commercial colonies all over the world. Several studies have implicated neonics, which are used to kill insects harmful to crops.
“The fact that 45% of our samples showed multiple contaminations is worrying and indicates that bee populations throughout the world are exposed to a cocktail of neonicotinoids,” the researchers wrote. “The effects of exposure to multiple pesticides, which have only recently started to be explored, are suspected to be stronger than the sum of individual effects. This worldwide description of the situation should be useful for decision-makers to reconsider the risks and benefits of using neonicotinoids and provides scientists an inventory of the most frequent combinations of neonicotinoids found in honey.”
The study also found that 34 percent of the honey samples contained “concentrations of neonicotinoids that are known to be detrimental” to bees and pose a threat to their survival.