Is Glyphosate responsible of Bees Colony collapse disorder?
A new study shows that glyphosate may be contributing to the global decline in bees, along with the loss of habitat.
the study has been showing the correlation between Glyphosate and bees decrease, proving that the pesticide is likely to damage the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees making them more prone to deadly infections. The researchers exposed honey bees to glyphosate at levels known to occur in crop fields, yards and roadsides. Three days later they observed that the insects had significantly reduced gut microbiotas.
The researchers also have found that glyphosate may impact bees in more subtle ways than killing them directly or as an immediate effect — for example, impeding the growth of bee larvae, diminishing bees navigational skills, altering their foraging behavior.
Farina and his team have looked at some of these effects in Argentina, where glyphosate is intensively used in agriculture. In a 2014 study, published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, they found that the “appetitive behavior” of honeybees — including how well they could detect sucrose and their ability to learn and remember where food sources were located was significantly diminished after exposure to doses of glyphosate commonly found in farmlands. (Source: University of Yale - environment 360).
For those who would still skeptical on the glyphosate negative impact on our eco-system there is another example at a country scale which demonstrates the correlation between pesticides and colony collapse disorder: while bees populations around the world are drastically declining, it turns out that there is an exception to this global trend and this exception is called Cuba.
Since Cuba couldn’t afford to buy pesticides anymore they were forced to look for an alternative and turned to organic farming. It took time before the country started to reap its rewards, but the government didn’t change its policy and today this is paying off. Bees populations in Cuba are thriving and since the country is pesticide-free all the honey produced is marketed as organic. Honey is now Cuba’s fourth most valuable export.
For many years we’ve been talking about the very negative effects that pesticides have on bees and other native pollinators. Cuba gives us a chance to take a look the future of organic agriculture and observe its benefits.
We can make a change only together please plant Trees, flowers and refrain yourself from using Glyphosate or pesticides try organic alternatives when possible, and as a consumer watch for what you buy as it is your way way to vote for tomorrow’s future.