Pesticides Sterilizing Bees: New Study

How many scientific studies are going to be needed before we stop dumping vast amounts of neonicotinoids on crops?

Chemical Free Life

There have been numerous studies trying to uncover the link between Big Chemical’s most widely used neonicotinoid insecticides and the die-off of our bees. This latest studies reveals how that might be happening…

The world’s most widely used pesticides may be acting as birth control for male bees, according to new research…  Male honeybees exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides produced fewer living sperm cells than unexposed males.


These Pesticides Could Be Birth Control for Bees

The researchers tested drones from hives exposed to two insecticides, thiamethoxam and clothianidin…

The drones were exposed to amounts of pesticides that are comparable to what honeybees could naturally encounter in pollen.  Compared to drones from colonies with no pesticide exposure, the test drones produced 39 percent fewer living sperm. They also averaged 8 to 11 percent lower sperm viability, which takes into account the percentage of living versus dead sperm.

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