Ban bee-killing pesticides
#savethebees
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Gina McCarthy
US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
New bee loss data show continued, unsustainable declines. Stop the killing of bees!We can't live w/o bees! We can live w/o pesticides!
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Since 2006 beekeepers have been noticing their honeybee populations have been dying off at increasingly rapid rates.

Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once. There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own and what it highlights is a need to reassess how these agricultural chemicals are labeled.

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