Environment & Energy Report

Of Pollinators and Pesticides (Podcast)

June 20, 2019, 3:00 PM

Bees are facing an uphill battle these days: Shrinking habitats, invasive mites, Colony Collapse Disorder. Now an insecticide that has become vital to farming—much like the bee itself—is being blamed for the decline in bee populations.

Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides developed in the 1990s and chemically related to nicotine. They’re designed to attack the central nervous system of insects, which means even sub-lethal doses of these chemicals may cause problems for bees.

In the final episode of our podcast series, Business of Bees, hosts Adam Allington, Tiffany Stecker, and David Schultz look into these claims. They find that...

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