But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have indentified a witch's brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once.
The pollen was contaminated on average with nine different pesticides and fungicides though scientists discovered 21 agricultural chemicals in one sample. Scientists identified eight ag chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by the parasite.
Also from the first link in the article:
And finally the solution the article offers:
I dont know if any of you see anything wrong with that, but I do. How about we stop using toxins on our fields? Plants produce their own toxins and have their own immune system, that how they survive together in nature. And though you might not see nature itself always offering us an abundant harvest like our field seems to do, that's just a matter of rearranging the way nature places the species together.
Toxin-free natural farming could give us a break from bee-deaths. Only you'd need more people work on it, though it ain't said to be that heavy work after your farm is mature and working properly, mostly just picking up the harvest. Also supporting community gardens and growing of your own food, but those seem to be less-heard ideas in general. Why, I truly dont know, maybe because many people dont seem to talk about it. I'm pushing my own agenda here, but the way I see it, there's not much more important things to humanity right now than this. Proven threat, and we have means with which to repair this, and it's pretty large-scale.
Preserving nature and producing foods can be a parallel thing without losing efficiency apart from needing more labor force according to 'A Farm for the Future' document (look it up on youtube or a documentary vid pages), but seems they're not parallel when you use toxins we now have. Not according to all this.