Wild bees might be getting addicted to the pesticides that reside in our farm fields. Across the United States, according to experts and now a new study, wild bee populations around the country are being negatively impacted to the point of addiction when it comes to those pesticides that are used.
While the study points out that it is spurring one type of bee to actually be more productive, the honeybee, other bee populations around the country are actually being impacted in a negative way. Many believe that this could actually be the study that spurs some real change when it comes to the use of pesticides in agriculture in the U.S., and parts of Europe.
The study points out that pesticides have “reduced wild bee density, solitary bee nesting, and bumblebee colony growth and reproduction.” These are all things that concern members of the agricultural community, as well as the general public. Bees, in general, are particularly seen as a pest in common society, but in terms of agricultural necessity, many plants need bees to spur the growth that occurs throughout the year. In other words, without bees, the entire process of plant growing would look significantly different – and some plants wouldn’t function or live the same consequently.
The European Union actually has a temporary ban in place on pesticides. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pointed out that they’re unlikely to add any new provisions that would ban the use of pesticides. At this point, it’s too early in the discussion to point out where this one will go legally, or in terms of what policy might be introduced. But, this is a significant step in the right direction because it is an issue that has been growing larger, and larger as time goes on.
This is just the latest issue that exemplifies the human impact on the natural world around us. While scientists and researchers are working to confirm our impact on the climate – there is a much more obvious example of human impact right in front of our eyes.