Colony Collapse Research Paper

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Colony Collapse Disorder The colony collapse disorder of honeybees has become a very problematic issue. The Natural Resources Defense Council states that nearly that nearly one-third of all honeybee colonies in the country have vanished, putting many fruits and vegetables at risk. A controversial type of pesticide called neonicotinoids has become a prime suspect in this phenomenon, as it affects bees’ sense of direction and making it hard for them to find home. In order to prevent this disaster from continuously occurring, neonicotinoids should be banned or used more sparingly and replaced with an alternative type of pesticide. Author Brandon Keim, author of article “Controversial Pesticide Linked to Bee Collapse” states neonicotinoids began to be used in the mid-1990s as less-toxic alternatives to human-damaging pesticides. Soon enough, they became very popular as one of the fastest growing pesticides used in North America. This was dangerous due to their unknown affects on non-pests. Eventually, honeybee numbers inexplicably started to decline and…show more content…
If they were banned, farmers would have to use a different substance, which could also have other damaging effects maybe not on bees, but on other beneficial insects or even humans. Yet, the United States could take steps in order to ensure these pesticides are used more sparingly or push to discover a new, unharmful pesticide. Heather Pilatic of the Pesticide Action Network, recommends a return to pest management strategies used widely through the 1990s, when pesticide-treated seeds and genetically modified crops allowed farmers to modify their growing strategies. This could help ensure less of the pesticides are exposed to the bees and keep them safer and able to coordinate properly. If our nation would work together to cut down on these awful chemicals, the bees would start to

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