In Brazil half a billion bees died within three months
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for three months
As a significant contributor to the proliferation of a variety of plants, bees are one of the most valuable pollinators in nature. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the bees are responsible for pollinating 75% of the world's cultures. However, they quickly die. 3 months Brazil has lost more than 500 million bees, leaving in doubt the future of our food.
It is reported that 500 million bees were found dead beekeepers in four Brazilian states - 400 million in Rio Grande do Sul, 7 million in Sao Paulo, 50 million in Santa Catarina and 45 million in the Mato Grosso do Sul .
The data were collected from December 2018 to February 2019.
, Vice-President of the Brazilian Association of beekeeping Rio Grande do Sul Aldo Machado told the news agency Bloomberg, that within 48 hours, tens of thousands of bees in his colony died after being ill.
The researchers blamed this devastating situation in a large increase in the use of pesticides. Since January, Brazil approved almost 300 new pesticide for use on agricultural crops.
The researchers found traces of pesticides, such as fipronil, in some dead bees. It is an insecticide that is commonly used for veterinary purposes, for example, it helps to get rid of fleas and ticks.
on the Environmental Protection Agency, the US classifies fipronil as a possible human carcinogen.
This not only means that pesticides are harmful to bees but also their impact on human well is a concern.
Alberto Bastos, president of the Association of Beekeepers of the Federal District of Brazil, Bloomberg said that "the death of all these bees is a sign that we are poisoned."