Was it smart to ban neonic pesticides? New evidence prompts new thinking.

“While bees face challenges, the numbers simply don’t support the “beepocalypse” narrative nor identify neonics as the driver of die-offs. North American honeybee colony numbers have been stable for years at about 2.5 million even as neonics usage became more widespread. The US picture echoes global trends. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the number of beehives worldwide, after a plunge in the early 1990s, well before the introduction of neonics, has been rising steadily.”

“Just this past week, entomologists at a New Orleans conference released details from a soon-to-be published field study that concluded that neonics may not be as harmful to bees as portrayed in the media because they are not being expressed in plant pollen or the plant’s reproductive parts at levels that are high enough to hurt the bees.”

Excerpted from Forbes.com article Bee Deaths Reversal: As Evidence Points Away From Neonics As Driver, Pressure Builds To Rethink Ban