A new study claims that a commonly used pesticide, harmful to honeybees is widely found in the collected honey samples from around the world.
Researchers found neonicotinoids in 75 percent of the samples collected from every continent between 2012 and 2016. Around half of the samples contained minimum two different types of pesticides.
The levels of contamination were found highest in North America at 86 percent, followed by Asia at 80 percent, then Europe at 79 percent and lowest in South America at 57 percent.
Neonicotinoids are poisonous to bees and have been found as one of the factors that can decrease the widespread of honeybee colonies. Neonicotinoids are not just penetrating throughout the U.S., but all around the world as those 200 honey samples proved.
Food productions could receive alarming suggestions from the global die-off of honeybees as the insects are essential to plant and crop pollination.
The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) has declared that it is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPC) for allowing the use of neonicotinoids. Because EPC approved the same without consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify the impact of insecticides on threatened or imperiled species.
Vera Lucia Imperatriz-Fonseca, Ph.D., who co-chaired the first global assessment of pollinators, published in February 2016 said, “Pollinators are crucial contributors to world to food production and a nutritional security.” “Their health is directly linked to our own well-being,” she added.
Europe has already planned for regulations that would ban neonicotinoids. And now it’s time for the U.S. to ban them.