Last week, we reported that in the past few years, bee populations in the US have actually begun to climb, as farmers and beekeepers avoid pesticides and seek alternatives.
Luckily, you can be a part of the solution also, by avoiding over the counter pesticides that are known to hurt bees. 2 years ago, The Center For Food Safety released a list of 68 garden pesticides that are dangerous to the bee population.
Most of these products contain a chemical called “neonicotinoids,” which are the most damaging pesticides for bees. The following list contains most of the known products containing neonicotinoids, but even if a product does not appear on this list, it is important to check all packages to see if the product contains this chemical.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that between 40% and 60% of the country’s bee colonies were disappearing, but now new numbers from the same agency suggest that efforts to replenish the colonies is actually working. The timing of these reports are strange, because they are so close together and show such different results, but it is possible that the earlier figures had not been able to account for the recent surge in numbers.
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