Harvard Finds Pesticide in 70% of Honey Samples Tested

Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Environment, Farming with 10 Comments

Bees and nectar


The Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) issue you keep hearing about (the phenomenon that is killing our bees and butterflies), well it just got real again with a study from Harvard.

The study shows that 70% of honey samples collected in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, the pesticide class that biotech companies say have nothing to do with the bee die offs we are seeing around the world.

The new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health appears in the Journal of Environmental Chemistry.

Chensheng (Alex) Lu, associate professor of environmental exposure biology in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study, states:

“Data from this study clearly demonstrated the ubiquity of neonicotinoids in pollen and honey samples that bees are exposed to during the seasons when they are actively foraging across Massachusetts. Levels of neonicotinoids that we found in this study fall into ranges that could lead to detrimental health effects in bees, including CCD.”

Scientists, policymakers, farmers, and beekeepers have been alarmed at the rates in which bees and other pollinators are dying, leaving approximately a third of crops in a fragile position worldwide since they depend on pollination to produce.


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  1.' Not My Earth (Not My Problem) says:

    but….. how did the honey taste?

  2.' Revolution de Mind says:

    who else really loves it ?

  3.' Jimmy Seaton says:

    And we wonder where the bees are going

  4.' Brandon Broach says:

    ….and in 100% of the foods we eat from chain grocery stores.

  5.' Norma Moore says:

    That is good to know thank you for sharing this

  6.' Reba Greco says:

    So sad

  7.' Elaine Arnold says:

    Stop it !! NOW!!

  8.' Joshuahn Jackstonburg says:

    They want us all to get cancer ~

  9.' Maura Phillips says:

    Not good!

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