10 Oct 2017

Most honey contains pesticide

From The Panel, 4:51 pm on 10 October 2017

The journal Science has some bad news for bees, and for us. Three-quarters of all honey on Earth has pesticides in it. That includes New Zealand, especially those bees in the middle of the South Island and in the top of the North Island according to the chart supplied in the journal.

The pesticide levels are below the limit deemed safe for human consumption, but there's still enough insecticide in there to harm pollinators. One of the study authors says, "There's almost no safe place for a bee to exist."

Phil Lester of Victoria University explains what pesticides are doing to bees brains to make them slower to learn and quicker to forget.