The huge industry of pesticides and fertilizers is changing on a daily basis in the United States. It is said that the pesticides that are widely used in the farms and crops are like nicotine to bees that feed over the flowers through which they generate honey. The pesticide which is affecting bees on a high level is neonicotinoids and the government is putting a ban on this pesticide to save bees.
The pesticide means ‘nicotine-like’ and it is being used since the time of the 1980s to protect the crops and farms from the insects that rot the crops and this pesticide is widely used for the effective growth of fruits, vegetables, and almonds. The effect of neonicotinoids on bees is just like the effect of nicotine on humans so we can say that neonicotinoids are the nicotine for bees. The effect is strong enough that bees have even started to use the pesticide as their food source. The pesticide has a tendency to cause problems in the central nervous system of bees which can result in the loss of memory, movement, and can even lead to death.
The pesticide users were already warned by the hive keepers that the pesticide is killing bees and causing harm to the beehives that they own. The major loss of bees can result in the disturbance of the human diet as bees are the only reason for the pollination of the crops as bees pollinate one-third of the world’s crop. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency also called EPA has decided to put a ban on 12 neonicotinoid pesticides from three agro-chemical developing companies which are Syngenta, Valent, and Bayer. Seven of the twelve neonicotinoid pesticide is used for coating the crops of soybean, cotton, and corn, including many other crops. There was a report that beekeepers reported back in 2017 in which they talked about the loss of 40% of their hives which has been continuing since then.