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Pesticides blamed for Bee and Insect Loss

Grass Clippings - Bees & Insects in DeclineApproximately half of all insects have been lost since 1970 due to the heavy use of pesticides, which could spell disaster for all life on Earth, a new report suggests. 

Yep, once again, Pesticides getting a slating in the Media once more.

Conservationists have called for action to be taken to halt the 'unnoticed insect apocalypse' in order to prevent a 'catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems'.

Leading ecologists at the University of Sussex, who carried out the report for the Wildlife Trusts, revealed that 40 per cent of the one million known insect species are now nearing extinction.

The use of pesticides, which has doubled over the last 25 years, has seen 23 species of bees and wasps go extinct. 

Without insects, a multitude of birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and fish would disappear, for they would have nothing to eat.

Eighty-seven percent, almost all plants require animal pollination, most of it delivered by insects - meaning the global human population could not be fed without insect pollination. 

Put in financial terms the 'service' insects deliver to humans by pollinating their crops is worth between £183 billion ($235 billion) and £449 billion ($577 billion) per year worldwide, the study estimates.

The study details how insect populations could be rescued if the agriculture industry stopped the use of all pesticides, routine and unnecessary. 

Read More on The Daily Mail


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