European Scientists Discover Bee Resurgence After Banning These 3 Pesticides Still Used in The US

We've long known that bee populations are rapidly dying, courtesy Colony Collapse Disorder. Now, though, European scientists have shown bee populations are coming back after 3 pesticides were banned there.

In 1976, retired apiculturist S.E. McGregor, from the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (ASR), wrote a paper in 1976 entitled “Economics of Plant Pollination”. After mentioning that some plants are wind or self pollinated, McGregor stated, “… it appears that perhaps one-third of our total diet is dependent, directly or indirectly, upon insect-pollinated plants.”

In particular, neonicotinoids have been linked to the bee die-off. 
Three neonicotinoids - imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin - were banned by the European Commission in 2013; since then, bee populations have begun to rebound across Europe. 

All three neonicotinoids are still heavily used in American agriculture.

The European ban will be reviewed later this year, but many scientists are hopeful the growing body of evidence supporting the ban will be enough to keep it in place.

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