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A Taste Of Honey

April 7, 2012

If this study holds up, things could get interesting in the agribusiness world:

“A common pesticide used increasingly in recent years for crops such as corn and soybeans is the probable culprit in the destruction of honeybee colonies around the world, a study released Thursday by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health has found.

The researchers said they found convincing evidence of the link between the pesticide known as imidacloprid and honeybees abandoning their hives, or colony collapse disorder, which they say began occurring in 2006 on a scale and scope never seen before in the history of the beekeeping industry.”

And here’s why:

“Bees pollinate about one-third of crops in the United States, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and livestock feed.”

So this is not a David v. Goliath, hippie organic food lovers v. agribusiness fight.  This is a case in which the interests of one major faction of the food industry (producers of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and livestock feed) are directly opposed to the interests of another major faction (corn and soybean producers, along with German pharmaceutical giant, Bayer—which produces imidacloprid).

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