26 Nov 2015

Is it time to ban the world's most widely used pesticide?

From Nine To Noon, 9:35 am on 26 November 2015

Growing evidence is showing the negative consequences of neonicotinoid pesticides. The latest is that they are not only harming bees but also their ability to polinate plants. Research, recently published in Nature, has shown for the first time that neonicotinoids affect the plants that rely on bees, raising fears about lower agriculture yields and the natural ecosystems that depend on bees for survival. Dara Stanley was the study's lead researcher. Previous studies have found that the controversial pesticides, the most widely used insecticides in the world, can affect bees and bumblebees, but haven't measured whether they disrupt their ability to pollinate plants.