Neonics: driving declines in biodiversity

An interesting film by bumblebee ecologist Dr David Goulson who speaks about the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on biodiversity declines in farmlands. Goulson’s pioneering research on the impact of neonicotinoid exposure on bumblebees shows that treated nests produce 85% fewer new queens than control nests.

“We essentially have somehow been railroaded by agrochemical companies into relying entirely on their products,” he says. “We depend on bees to pollinate our crops and worms and other organisms that live in the soil to keep the soil healthy. If we wipe them all out then ultimately we will wipe ourselves out.”

Watch on LinkTV:

Dr Goulson is a professor of biology at the University of Sussex, UK.

Story sourced by Emma Sarah Tennant.


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