PAN North America (Ground Truth) 4/5/12
Scientific evidence continues to mount strengthening the case that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed key drivers behind colony collapse disorder (CCD). Three new studies out in the past two weeks, including one today, add to thegrowing body of evidence that implicate pesticides as a critical catalyst behind drastic declines in bee population.
With beekeepers continuing to lose more than one-third of their hives each year, on average, the research is timely. Yet pesticide manufacturers like Bayer are attacking the science and attempting to delay regulatory action.
Still, even with the industry PR machine at full throttle, public pressure is on for state and federal regulators to take swift action. “The weight of the evidence is tipping for neonicotinoids as a critical factor in colony collapse disorder,” said Heather Pilatic, co-director of Pesticide Action Network. “While pesticides are not the only problem for honey bees, we know enough to act.”
The evidence is damning
The new studies come on the heels of a year of damning evidence for these pesticides.Three separate studies in the last year confirmed that low-level exposures to neonicotinoidssynergize with a common pathogen to dramatically increase bees' susceptibility to infection and the likelihood of death.