The following is an excerpt from Justin Worland | July 28, 2016 | Time.com |
The pesticide was banned in the European Union but is still used in the U.S.
A commonly-used pesticide is making it harder for bees to reproduce, reducing sperm count and viability, according to new research.
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, joins a slew of research showing how neonicotinoid pesticides have harmed bee populations, increasing their vulnerability to disease.
The decline of bees, the topic of a 2013 TIME cover story, has agricultural producers and policymakers in the U.S. worried. Dozens of commercial crops that contribute billions of dollars annually to the U.S. economy rely on pollinators like bees, according to a White House report.
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