What You Need to Know About Neonicotinoids in Honey #CitizenScience #science #bees #environment
Bees are in a perilous position and a new study adds more worry concerning the state of honey. A post on Modern Farmer states Swiss researchers found neonicotinoids in honey across six continents. Although the results aren’t a surprise, what is noteworthy is the use of citizen science enabling so many samples. Here’s numbers from the post:
Relying on citizen science, they tested 198 different samples of honey from six continents. (Antarctica is devoid of bees.) A whopping 75 percent of all those samples, across all six continents, tested positive for neonicotinoids—and 45 percent contained two or more different types.
Neonicotinoids are a newer form of pesticide and have been banned in Europe. According to Beyond Pesticides they can affect the central nervous system of insects, and the problem here is that bee larvae feed on honey. As with many pesticides there is disagreement.
The case of the neonicotinoids exemplifies two critical problems with current registration procedures and risk assessment methods for pesticides: the reliance on industry-funded science that contradicts peer-reviewed studies and the insufficiency of current risk assessment procedures to account for sublethal effects of pesticides.
You can check out the full study on Science which describes the larger problem of understanding contamination in the environment. Meanwhile people in China are practicing pollination by hand while Japan is working on drone pollinators. Is it too late to save the bees even with the help of citizen science?
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.