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Hummingbirds and bumble bees are being exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides at alarming rates

By now, most of us are aware of the worldwide crisis referred to as bee colony collapse (BCC), and the fact that honeybees – which are responsible for more pollination than any other species – are being wiped out on a massive scale. Several factors are responsible for this collapse, but experts agree that the two most prominent causes are habitat loss and the use of pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids like acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam.  But it’s not just bees that are being affected by neonicotinoids (also known as neonics). A study recently published in the journal Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry has confirmed that both hummingbirds and bumble bees – also important pollinators – are being exposed to neonics and other pesticides and are also in danger. (Related: GMO cornfield treated with neonicotinoids kills 37 million honeybees.)  Read more...



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