Published Date : Oct 11, 2017
200 honey samples taken from across the globe, except Antarctica, have startled researchers with the presence of high pesticides levels. North America has been discovered to lead honey pesticide contamination with an 86.0%, thereafter Asia following suit at an 80.0% and Europe at a 79.0%. While pesticide makers continue to sing praises about their products being safe for use, a 75.0% of the world’s honey has been surveyed to be contaminated with chemicals, especially neonicotinoids.
Honeybees dying out of chemical contamination while gathering nectar and helping to pollinate plants could mean the elimination of the food source for every living thing on the earth. Bees play a crucial role in maintaining plant life all over the world.
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European citizens have expressed their desire to completely ban the use of neonicotinoids on farm crops if human health and the planet are to be protected from destruction. Some experts have called the test results of the research to be alarming, yet they have continued to say the amounts pose no risk to human life and do not cross safety margins. However, University of Sussex’s biology professor, Dave Goulson has thought otherwise and said regular eaters of honey could receive mixed neurotoxins in a small dose.
Neonicotinoids, according to scientists, could be hazardous to bees and other pollinators even under controlled conditions. These chemicals could interfere in the activities of their memory and learning systems, making them vulnerable for not being able to find pollen or nectar needed for their survival. Furthermore, unnecessary overuse of neonicotinoids could develop pest resistance against them, as per a statement by University of Dundee’s reader in neurobiology, Dr. Chris Connolly.