Science Says Neonicotinoid-Based Pesticides are Bad for Bees

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A bee harvesting pollen from a purple flower.
A large study over multiple countries has concluded that neonicotinoid-based pesticides are hurting bees (image credit: Unsplash/Pegasus Ma).

A large study performed by scientists from England, Hungary, and Germany has concluded that, while individual results may vary, the en masse use of of pesticides containing neonicotinoids leads to weaker Bee colonies. The study took place at over 33 locations across the three participating countries and was published in the journal Science. This type of work will help guide us in planning for the future of pollinators all over the world.

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Science Says Neonicotinoid-Based Pesticides are Bad for Bees
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