Rapeseed farmers benefit from honeybees more than pesticides, French study finds

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Bees pollinating oilseed rape crops.

For European rapeseed farmers, honey bees buzzing around fields may outweigh the benefits of using pesticides to fight insect damage, French researchers said.

A four-year survey in France found higher yields and profits for rapeseed fields where there’s an abundance of pollinating insects, according to a study by agricultural researcher INRA and the country’s National Center for Scientific Research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society.

Read full, original article: Bees on the Farm May be More Valuable Than Pesticides, Study Shows

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