Three studies in two weeks, including one from Harvard University, have added evidence to the fact that neonicotinoids - a class of pesticides - are the main cause of Colony Collapse Disorder in bees. Neonicotinoid exposure reduces the number of queens by 85% and 94% of hives died after exposure to the same levels of neonicotinoid present in high fructose corn syrup between 2004 - 2005, as hypothesized by the Harvard study team. Beekeepers have reported a 30% colony loses each year, costing millions of dollars in losses. A petition by commercial beekeepers, Center for Food Safety, Pesticide Action Network, Beyond Pesticides and other environmental organizations and supported by over a million signatories, has been filed with the EPA to suspend the use of neonicotinoids, clothianidins and adopt measures against approving similar pesticides.*Colony collapse disorder, bees,
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