The sudden drop in honeybees in recent years has led to widespread debate over the cause, with many blaming intensive farming methods that use more pesticides. However this was dismissed by other studies that found disease is just as damaging.
Now a French study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests that it could be a combination of both, as pesticides weaken honeybees and they then die of disease.
I’m not surprised. We’re building the premises of our self-destruction if we don’t resume the fight for a clean environment.
The decline in honeybees first hit the headlines around 10 years ago with the mysterious death of whole hives in America, known as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. It is now believed that the US has fewer managed pollinators than at any time in the past 50 years. Many countries in Europe have also seen a decline and honeybee numbers in the UK have halved in the past 25 years…
In the latest study a laboratory at Université Blaise Pascal in France studied bees infected with a disease known as nosemosis and bees exposed to an insecticide known as fipronil. Neither of the case studies resulted in many deaths. However when the bees were exposed to both the disease and the insecticide, in any combination, a large number died.
Nicolas Blot, who led the study, said only “multi-factors” could explain the worldwide decline. He said the world community now has to work on how to minimise the stress on insects.
There are a few more details in the article. Problem is – we can’t even get a commitment to relieve or reduce stresses on human society much less insects. The first steps in any solution is throwing about 99% of all politicians out of office and removing 99% of the laws which only serve to keep lawyers employed.