What are we thinking? In the man-made effort to control crop pests for profit, pesticides may be setting up an even greater disaster. Without pollinators, how will plants mature to seed? The setup is one that spells famine.
The following insert here is from WesternJournalism.com. The article was titled Study Links Pesticide to Eventual Bumblebee Extinction. The caution was posted by Charles Campbell in a brief commentary on ScienceDaily.com about Neonicotinoid Pesticide use by Professor Nigel Raine. Read Prof. Raine’s study results here.
According to Campbell
“Bumblebee queens that were exposed to the neonicotinoid were 26 percent less likely to lay eggs to start a colony,” Raine said.
“A reduction this big in the ability of queens to start new colonies significantly increases the chances that wild populations could go extinct,” he added.
Neonicotinoids are applied as a coating to the seeds of some of the most widely grown crops in Western countries, including corn, soybeans and canola.
The European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in 2013, but European officials are currently considering proposals that would make the ban permanent.
“Published reports suggest about a third of the crops eaten by humans depend on insect pollination. Bees are responsible for about 80 per cent of that of that figure,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported in 2016.
Bu while bees are crucial to agriculture, farmers have warned that a neonicotinoid ban could lead to crop losses and a return to more harmful pesticides.