“Pesticides halve bees’ pollen gathering ability, research shows”

ee collects pollen from a cherry tree in village Studencice, Slovenia


Bumblebees exposed to controversial pesticides collect just half the pollen they would otherwise harvest, according to new research, depriving their growing young of their only source of protein.

Pesticide manufacturers argue that controlled studies do not replicate actual field conditions.


For “actual field conditions” read “less pollen means less food for bees, so less bees to pollinate flowers, so less flowers, so less pollen, so less food for bees… etc”

Why would anyone want to risk replicating this dangerous negative feedback cycle in the field given the real consequences?


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My name is Isabelle Whitehead. I was a member of the Bolton School group on the Operation Wallacea 2015 expedition to Peru.

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