World’s Most Popular Pesticide Cuts Bee Sperm 39 Percent, Study Says

July 28th, 2016 Food Safety News

For years, people have wondered what’s killing the bees as populations of the fuzzy pollinators critical to the global food chain have fallen off. They’ve racked up declines of 27.4 to 42.1 percent since 2013, well above the 18.7 percent loss the USDA says is the maximum for being economically sustainable. Now a new study says it’s not that they’re being killed, it’s that they’re not being born. The world’s most popular class of insecticides, “neonicotinoid” pesticides actually cuts bee sperm by 39 percent, according to researchers at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Read more here:

UCT offers a QuEChERS  technique for the analysis of this harmful strain of pesticides in honey. You can find access to it in our technical document section.

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