A study published in the May 30, 2016, edition of Nature Communication revealed that Honey-Bee Pollen is Full of Pesticides like Mosquito-Repellants. It contained 32 different types of insecticides. A majority of these did not originate from crops of agricultural products.
The study was conducted by Purdue University, and it was found that that bee collects a variety of pollen from other sources besides crops. The dust collected is heavily contaminated by some urban and household pesticides.
Pollen was collected from Indiana honeybee hives at three sites over 16 weeks to ascertain if they contained pesticides.
It was from up to 30 families and contained pesticides. Among the different compounds was neonicotinoids – conventional corn and soybean seed treatment which are lethal to bees. They have been indicted for causing the decline of the bee population.
The highest concentration of chemical was pyrethroids which are commonly used to check mosquitoes and similar pests.
These classes of compounds are highly noxious to bees, and the quantities found are enough to kill the bees. The Bee population is continuously falling. A report reveals that over one-quarter of American honey colonies were wiped out past winter.
Another dangerous chemical which was seen in every grain was a mosquito repellent, DEET. DeEET is also highly toxic to the health of the bees.
Pollen is a minuscule part of what bees collect, but the study revealed that these beneficial insects were exposed to a wide variety of dangerous compounds besides agricultural chemicals were a cause of worry. The sources of these chemicals are Homeowners and urban landscapes which are located in the proximity of crop fields.
How exactly these obnoxious agents get into the plants is still not clear. A possible explanation is that these chemicals could have dissolved in rain water and then absorbed by the roots of the plants.
Honey is consumed in large quantities by the population and the latest study highlights the danger of it becoming contaminated. Will you continue to consume honey without concern after the most recent revelations?