Neonicotinoids in majority of world's honey

Neonicotinoid pesticides are found in three quarters of the world's honey...
09 October 2017
Presented by Chris Smith
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Three quarters of the world's honey is laced with neonicotinoid insecticides, a new study from scientists in Switzerland has shown this week. The findings are based on an analysis of nearly 200 honey samples collected from around the world with the help of citizen scientists on every continent (except Antarctica!). Neonicotinoids are the most widely used pesticides in the world now and scientists suspect that, by getting into pollen and nectar, they're also having off-target effects on pollinators, like bees. This the first comprehensive global study to look at how widespread these effects might be. Dundee University neurobiologist Chris Connolly has written a commentary on the paper and shared his thoughts with Chris Smith. 


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