It’s been eight years since colony collapse disorder was first reported as decimating bee populations all over the world.
At first, it was described as a ‘mystery.’ And indeed it was. But today the only mystery is why we are still debating the cause of this phenomenon. There have been enough studies to conclude that systemic pesticides are harming bee populations. And now studies show that they can harm developing brains too.
Recently, the European Food Safety Authority (the equivalent of the Environmental Protection Agency in the USA) reported that these systemic pesticides, which are neurotoxins, are also dangerous to the human nervous system—especially our noggins.
Sometimes I really wonder why science is more credible than common sense. Of course these poisons affect our health!
The report found that two commonly used systemic pesticides—acetamiprid and imidacloprid—can particularly affect the learning and memory sectors of the brain.
It’s well known that neonicotinoids are a key factor in declining bee populations around the world, but [now] … “there’s also likely cause for concern for human health as well,” states Pesticide Action Network (PAN).
Take action: Join the Pesticide Action Network and tell the US EPA that we want leadership and legislation to protect bees and our brains from toxic chemicals.
Our policies regulating toxic chemicals are outdated and need to be reformed, for the sake of bees and being!
Maryam Henein is an investigative journalist, professional researcher, and producer of the award-winning documentary Vanishing of the Bees.