It’s alarming to read the reports about colony collapse disorder (CCD), and know that the honeybee populations are declining. We all want to know what is the cause, and more importantly, how do we stop it? Many people believe that eliminating the use of neonicotinoids will solve the problem, but can cutting out one class of pesticides really be the solution?
The fact is, while neonics are a small piece of the puzzle, the real problem is much greater and all of the pieces are still unknown. According to Scientific American, “Scientists have failed to find a single culprit that is primarily responsible for CCD,” and “The most likely scenario is that neonics are an indirect cause of bee declines.” The article, Return of the Natives: How Wild Bees Will Save Our Agricultural System, then goes on to discuss how monocultures play a major role in honeybee decline as well.
So, if the answer isn’t clear what can we do to help save the bees? Both The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and Greenhouse Grower have excellent articles that go in depth about how we can protect bees from pesticide poisoning, and how when used responsibly, the use of pesticides can be an effective, and safe, pest management tool.
Here at Morrison’s we practice integrated pest management, and always try to use the least toxic method of insect and disease controls. We also strive to be aware of the effects on the environment that whatever we use may have. We will do our best to stay informed, and keep our customers informed, of what we can do help the bees.
Scientific American: Return of the Natives: How Wild Bees Will Save Our Agricultural System
The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment: Protecting Bees and Pollinators from Pesticides in Home Gardens and Landscapes
Greenhouse Grower: Protecting Bees Through Informed Pesticide Choices