Synthetic insecticides such as bifenthrin and the neonicotinoids are toxic to pollinators, birds,
Yet pollinators world-wide are in trouble. In a report released in March 2017, the Center for Biological Diversity reports that more than half the bee species with sufficient data to assess are declining; nearly 1 in 4 is imperiled and at increasing risk of extinction.
Landmark Report: Hundreds of Native Bee Species Sliding Toward Extinction
Scientists have identified several possible causes of bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), among them loss of habitat, climate change, and parasites.
Another suspect is exposure to synthetic insecticides, which adversely affect the nervous systems of bees. Very small amounts of neonicotinoids can cause bumble bee colonies to grow more slowly and produce fewer new queens. Exposure can impair honey bees� ability to fly,
navigate, and forage for food. It can also weaken their immune systems, making them more susceptible to diseases and parasites.
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Use of organic pesticides in ways that are safe for pollinators
Maine State Beekeepers Association
Center for Biological Diversity, Decline in bee populations, March 1, 2017.
Queen of the Sun, What are the bees telling us? A documentary film on bee colony collapse disorder.
An effort to help solve Colony Collapse Disorder organized by Washington State University and the Washington State Beekeepers Association