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Poem: "Sweetening the Pot"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 24th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

>> As I understand it, the primary group of pesticides killing bees are called "neonicotinoids", poisons based on nicotine. I've been told that a drop of pure nicotine about the size of a small pinhead can kill a full-grown man. <<

That is one group. There are a lot of others. Recent studies also implicate fungicides, previously considered safe for bees. Current theory is that the combination is doing damage, because bees are living in a stew of chemicals. And of course, so are we. :(

>> Even dilute, I'm sure that's not good for bees, despite any actual pests that would be killed off by these poisons. Heck, it's probably not good for anyone else who eats the stuff, either. <<

It's not good for humans either.
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