A new study revealed that commonly used insecticides could affect the reproductive abilities of queen bees and promote poor brood health in bee colonies.
On Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned the EPA's decision to approve marketing of sulfoxaflor, a pesticide that acts like the same neonicotinoids class associated with bee declines.
It's no secret that in recent years, US honeybee and butterfly populations have been in serious decline. Though it wouldn't be the first time, now the federal government is stepping in, announcing its plan to boost numbers of these helpful pollinators.
This past weekend, the White House hosted the first tour of its garden for 2015, celebrating the arrival of spring with a brilliant display of flowers and cheer. However, those weren't the only things on display. A great number of environmental advocates showed up to urge the First Lady to ensure that not only would the White House garden be free of bee-harming pesticides, but that President Barack Obama stand by his resolution to protect pollinators across the nation.
This is some bad news for beekeepers. Remember those harmful pesticides that conservationists, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and even a smattering of garden retailers are trying to keep away from bees? Well it turns out that not only are they harmful to all kinds of bees, but the little buzzers are actually crazy about the stuff, flocking to the same substances that will leave them cold and alone come winter.
We've unfortunately got some bad news for bee lovers. Remember those harmful pesticides that are supposedly keeping our honeybees down? Well, it turns out they adversely affect other wild bee populations too - a revelation that may affect a historic EU decision slated for December.
The next time you visit the lawn and garden center at a Lowe's Home Improvement store, you can shop assured that whatever you chose to buy, you won't be dooming backyard bees in the process. Lowe's has joined a growing list of garden retailers who are taking any products that use neonicotinoid pesticides off their shelves, reflecting a growing concern for the world's pollinators.
Unlike a great many other first-world environmental agencies, the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) remains fairly uncertain about neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides commonly called "neonics." Officials frequently cite one large-scale study in particular to argue that these chemicals are mostly harmless. Now, however, one researcher has set out to tell DEFRA that they've been wrongly interpreting that key study for the last two years.