Viewpoint: Greenpeace, environmental activists spread misinformation on honeybees and pesticides

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Bloomberg reports some good news: Honeybee hive health has improved and so-called colony collapse disorder (CCD) is less of a problem than it was before. Yet CCD has never really been the major challenge to bees. Environmental activists have used it as an excuse to advance pesticide regulations, spreading misinformation about its causes and impact.

May Berenbaum, an entomologist at the University of Illinois, notes in the Bloomberg story:

“[CCD has] been more of a blip in the history of beekeeping,” she said in an interview. On the other hand, “it’s staggering that half of America’s bees have mites,” she said. “Colony Collapse Disorder has been vastly overshadowed by diseases, recognizable parasites and diagnosable physiological problems.”

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Yet Greenpeace and many others have tried to lay the blame on a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids or neonics, claiming that these chemicals “might just be the prime culprit in the honeybee plague known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).”

[E]nvironmental activists continue to spread misinformation and push lawmakers to advance bans on neonics.

Lawmakers need to start ignoring the environmentalist hype and let bee keepers continue to resolve these challenges—and then we will all bee better off.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Environmental Activists Continue to ‘Bee’ Wrong about Honeybee Health Challenges

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