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Pesticides blamed for killing bees

Louise Gray
London Telegraph [1]
Thursday, Sept 9th, 2009

The collapse in Britain’s bee population is being made worse by pesticides that are banned in much of EU, according to a new study.

In recent years bee populations around the world have plummeted, with British bee keepers losing a fifth of hives over last winter.

But the cause of the sudden decline has not been identified.

Now a new study by the insect research charity Buglife and the Soil Association has claimed the decline was caused in part by a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids.

The “systemic” chemical, that kills unwanted insects by getting into the cell of the plant, is widely used on farms in Britain for crops like oilseed rape and the production of pot plants.

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