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Save the Bees: France Bans Pesticide Linked to Colony Collapse

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

Bees are important to agriculture. They pollinate plants, which is a key part of cultivation. So, when the bees started dying off, it raised red flags and lots of them. Colony Collapse Disorder has been talked about and discussed heavily in recent years, as farmers see the effect of the bees’ disappearance.

Recently, France moved to ban the use of a pesticide, Cruiser OCR from Syngenta, because it had been tied to CCD. This pesticide works not by outright killing pests, but by changing the central nervous system so that they become confused and disoriented. Researchers showed that bees exposed to thiamethoxam were less likely to return to the hive when they went out to collect pollen.

The ban went into place on Friday. You can read more about the ban and the reasons behind it here:

::The Independent
::eNews Park Forest

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Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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