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Neonics & thriving Honey Bees: an Australian Reality

Australian Government report says neonics reduce risk to agricultural environment

Feb 27, 2014
Neonics & thriving Honey Bees: an Australian Reality

The Australian regulator authority, APVMA, has recently published its 2014 overview report titled “Neonicotinoids and the Health of Honey Bees in Australia”.

Their conclusion: The number of Australian honeybee populations is stable, despite the increased use of the neonicotinoid group of insecticides in agriculture and horticulture since the mid-1990s.

In addition, they found that the introduction of neonicotinoid insecticides has brought a number of benefits, including that they are considerably less toxic than some of the chemistry they have replaced.

The report also states that when bee losses did occur after insecticide use, these incidents were usually due to a lack of communication between farmer and affected beekeeper.     

The full report and a summary can be found here.

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