Study shows honeybees are starving because of roundup

It should come as no surprise that the use of Roundup comes with many negative effects, not

just on humans, but the environment. Things that live in our environment also cannot escape

the consequences of Roundup. For example, a recent study published by The Journal of 

Experimental Biology found that Roundup actually causes honeybees to starve.

It is the first study to analyze both the short-term and long-term effects of the herbicide on

honeybees, and the effects are quite damaging. The study, conducted by researchers from the

University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, found that sub-lethal levels of Roundup still harmed

honeybees. Sub-lethal means that the dose is not strong enough to kill, but apparently enough

to maim. Using field-relative doses of the herbicide, researchers found that honeybees exposed

to Roundup exhibited decreased sensitivity to sucrose — leading to a decreased ability to track

and find food. Exposed bees also exhibited poorer learning performance, a decreased ability to

smell and poor memory. Bees exposed to glyphosate tend to exhibit higher frequencies of Colony

Collapse Disorder most likely because they cannot remember how to get back to their hive.

The researchers also noted that indirect exposure to Roundup was present as well. The honeybees

inadvertently brought home tainted nectar to the rest of the colony, poisoning them as well.

Exposure to glyphosate through tainted nectar also negatively impacted the entire hive’s ability

to function normally.

The honeybee population has been dropping steadily over the past ten years. The National

Agricultural Statistic Service has reported that the population has dropped from approximately

5 million bees to a mere 2.5 million. Examiner.com reports that about “One out of every three

bites of food we eat is from a crop pollinated by honeybees.” Honeybee-pollinated plants make

up about $20 billion worth of crops each year, just in the United States. If the honeybee population

continues to decline, the effects on the food supply will be disastrous. The United Nations

Environmental Programme reports that of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food,

71 require honeybee pollination. As beekeepers continue to report 40 to 50% disappearance

within a hive, how can we not be increasingly concerned? Especially when the EPA plans on

approving the use of glyphosate with an even more powerful chemical that could cause even

more environmental devastation.

The EPA not only fails to protect the environment, they actually plan on making things worse!


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