Uploaded on May 31, 2018
We joined up with SumOfUs members and beekeepers to protest Bayer’s bee-killing pesticides.
As a keen SumOfUs supporter I salute these guys. Saving the planet from greed, one evil corporation at a time!
“Nicotine attracts bees
Neonicotinoids are mostly used in seeds planted by farmers, and find their way into nectar and pollen later during flowering.
They act on the central nervous system of insects, interfering with the transmission of stimuli.
The scientific findings make for alarming reading: the chemicals can cause the bees to become disorientated, failing to find their way back to their hives. The studies also indicate the neonicotinoids can lower the bees’ fertility and their resistance to disease.
According to the distinguished scientific journal Nature, bees are more attracted to plants sprayed with nicotine, which is chemically similar to neonicotinoids, than unsprayed ones.
So, it can be concluded that neonicotinoids are “a key factor in the decline in bee populations,” according to an analysis of 800 different studies by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
According to the IUCN, one out of every four bumblebees and one out of every 10 honey bees are at risk of dying due to the chemicals”