As honeybee population grows, scientists question link between neonicotinoids and bee health

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Some argue that an increase in insecticide use and a much-publicized Colony Collapse Disorder [CCD] issue have caused honey bees to become endangered. There are organizations dedicated to “saving the bees,” and many of them have targeted farmers as major culprits in the demise of the honey bee population.

Although, the honey bee isn’t on the endangered list, many are still under the impression that they soon will go extinct. Since this species is known for its role in agriculture, the blame is often placed on the industry for Colony Collapse Disorder and pesticide use. This blame is misguided, however, according to many reports.

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An extensive analysis done by The Washington Post and published in 2017 show bee numbers sitting at a 20-year high. The research showed that since 2006, when CCD was identified, the number of honeybee colonies has risen, from 2.4 million that year to 2.7 million in 2014.

“As for neonicotinoids, the controversial class of insecticides commonly applied as a seed coating, [former Oregon State University professor Michael] Burgett says that despite over a decade of study, it’s still yet to be proven that they’re playing a significant role in honeybee deaths.”

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