Taken from Environment America
A blockbuster new report has found that the pesticides killing millions of bees all over the world might be even more harmful than previously thought.
The new report finds that neonicotinoids—the pesticides linked to the global bee die-off—may be not only deadly to bees but also addictive to them.1
You see, neonicotinoids are derived from nicotine, the powerfully addictive stimulant in tobacco. And it turns out that bees love it. Even though it kills them.
We need to convince the Obama administration to get these pesticides off the market, so we can save the bees before it’s too late.
Previously, it was thought that bees were repelled by neonicotinoids. Scientists knew that they were harmful to bees, but at least the bees weren’t attracted to them, right?
Wrong. This new study finds that bees actually prefer food sources treated with these nicotine-like pesticides to natural alternatives like sugar water.2
The good news is that the Obama administration is already taking the threat to bees seriously. They recently announced a moratorium on approving new neonicotinoid pesticides.3 And last June, President Obama created a special task force to develop a strategy to save the bees.4
But especially in light of these new findings, the EPA needs to do more and act faster.
Thanks for making it all possible.
Environment America Executive Director
1. Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds, The Guardian, April 22, 2015
2. Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy, NPR, April 22, 2015
3. EPA Restricts Use of Pesticides Suspected of Killing Bees, NBC News, April 2, 2015
4. Obama announces plan to save honey bees, CNN, June 23, 2014
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