Are pesticides the reason honeybees are in trouble?

 

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of honeybees declined by 60 percent since 1947.

Over the last decade, some environmental activists and scientists pointed to the negative effects of neonicotinoid pesticides as potential reasons for the declines in honeybee colonies.

But some members of the San Mateo beekeeper’s guild are citing other explanations — some point to more recent studies that show starvation rather than pesticides as a potential cause for bee die-offs.

At the end of the day, according to experts, it may not be one specific reason, but a combination of several factors that’s impacting the honeybee population.