A new report by the Xerces Society discusses the impact of a certain type of pesticide on bees and other important helpful insects. These chemicals are called neo nicotinoids. “New chemicals that are like nicotine.” They aren’t really new any more:
Neonicotinoids are now the most widely used group of insecticides in the world, and their use in the U.S. has been steadily increasing since their initial registration in the mid-1990s. Neonicotinoids have been promoted as low-risk chemicals: low impact on human health, low toxicity to nontarget organisms, lower application rates and compatibility with Integrated Pest Management. Unfortunately, the many studies completed since these compounds began being used have not born out the validity of these assumptions.
Europe has banned them to see what happens to bee populations/hive collapse, while the U.S. EPA has just approved them.
We really can’t get along without bees. But beekeepers are a pretty small lobbying force; probably nonexistent. And the poison makers are huge.