A new Harvard University study published this month in the Bulletin of Inscectology says that “sub-lethal exposure of neonicotinoids, imidacloprid or clothianidin” causes Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD is responsible for wiping out millions of pollinators vital to the reproduction of crops and other plants.
Recently on Iowa Public Radio, Iowa State University entomologist Donald Lewis told host Charity Nebbe that Iowa has lost about 70 percent of its bees due to bad weather and other factors.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are manufactured by Bayer CropScience, Inc. An article published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune says Bayer disputes the findings that their products are harmful to bees.
European Union nations have already banned, for two years beginning December 2013, the use of neonicotinoids on their crops.
Here’s a link to the EU press release regarding the ban.