Silent fields: a cocktail of pesticides is stunting bumblebee colonies across Europe, study shows

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The European Parliament voted against a proposal to curb the use of agricultural pesticides in November 2023. These chemicals, designed to protect crop yield from pest insects and other organisms, can contaminate the water and air and threaten the people and wildlife that maintain the vitality of our landscapes.

In some respects, Europe and its governing bodies lead the world in setting and achieving sustainability goals. The EU parliament’s failure to restrict pesticide use stands in contrast to this notion, not to mention international pledges.

Our research shows that efficient use of pesticides in farming will be essential to maintaining the health of bumblebees in particular – one of the most important pollinators of crops and wildflowers.
SpecialistpublikationThe Conversation
StatusPublished - 2024 jan. 29

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  • Pesticide use negatively affects bumble bees across European landscapes

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