Published On: Wed, May 22nd, 2013

Pesticides taking a toll on honeybee population

Lucknow: Unabated use of pesticides in crop protection is posing a grave threat to the very existence of honeybee in the world. Although its survival appears to be rather bleak, corrective measures are still to be initiated.

honey is widely used in preparation of aurvedic medicines besides it being a natural sources of vitamins and anti oxidants

Honey is widely used in preparation of aurvedic medicines besides it being a natural sources of vitamins and anti oxidants

Uncontrolled use of pesticides has a noticeable toxic effect on honeybees leading to loss in honey production, contamination of bee products. Scientists are studying how pesticides could possibly be contributing to colony collapse disorders, a rapid die-off seen in millions of honeybee all through the world since 2006.

The European commission has proposed that member states restrict the use of certain classes of pesticides that are harmful to bees. This initiative is sadly lacking in India despite clear signs of alarming decrease in honey collection from forest areas of the country.

Here it may be mentioned that honey is widely used in preparation of aurvedic medicines besides it being a natural sources of vitamins and anti oxidants.

A single honeybee visits hundreds of flowers in a day in search of nectar. Since pollens gets stuck to its wings, the bee plays a major role in cross pollination of plants. “Nearly one-third food consumed in the world by human beings is a product of cross pollination and since there is a lurking danger on the existence of bees, it would have a profound impact on the yield of cross pollinated crops in future,” pointed out an expert.

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