In the last few weeks, Ontario Canada has lost millions of bees due to the plantation of GMO corn. One local beekeeper and honey producer Mr. Dave Schuit is believed to have lost 37 million bees that are around 600 hives.
According to Mr. Schuit, planting of corn caused millions of bees to die. Other beekeepers blame the Neonicotinoids or the “neonics” which is a pesticide used in corns as the leading cause of the collapse of bee’s colony. Many countries in the world including the EU have banned the use of pesticides that have properties of Neonicotinoids. The department of Agriculture in the US has not yet banned these pesticides manufactured by the Bayer Crop Science Inc.
Bayer Crop Science Inc two best-selling pesticides are harmful to nectar and pollen. These pesticides Imidacloprid and Clothianidin causes harm to pollen and nectar beneficiaries insects like bees. They have caused significant large-scale death to millions of bees across United States and European Countries.
According to Nathan Carey who is another local farmer firmly believes there is a direct correlation relation between these pesticides, lack of enough bees in his farm and their disappearance during the spring season.
For quite some time now, Scientists have tried to find the primary cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that causes massive wipe off of bees. For the last seven years, United States of America has experienced an inevitable decline of honeybees.
US scientists in the fields have found at least 121 properties of pesticides in the wax, pollen and bees samples. This is a high credibility that pesticides are the primary cause of massive death of bees. Jeffery Pettis who is one of the US scientists of ARS bee’s research laboratory says that there are subtle interactions found between pesticides exposure, nutrition and other kinds of stressors converge to kill bee colonies.
Bees contribute to more than 30 billions of global economy hence decrease in honey bee population globally is a significant threat to economy and crops. According to experts, a third of what we consume depends on honeybee’s pollination.
National Academy of Science new study published recently in their Journal proceedings reveals that pesticides like Neonicotinoids kill bees. The chemicals found in these pesticides damage the bee’s immune systems. This makes it hard for the honeybees to fight bacteria and other diseases.
With the recent reports of significant losses of bees due to Imidacloprid, some countries have banned the use of this pesticide in their sunflowers and corns regardless of protests from their manufacturer Bayer. France and Italy have joined the list of countries that has banned the use of Neonicotinoids and application of Bayer’s’ Clothianidin in their crops and vegetables.The UK have experienced massive deaths of honeybees, as a result of this loss the European Union has banned the use of multiple pesticides including the famous Neonicotinoids pesticides.