The discovery means that fungicides, thought harmless to bees, is actually a significant part of Colony Collapse Disorder. And that likely means farmers need a whole new set of regulations about how to use fungicides. While neonicotinoids have been linked to mass bee deaths -- the same type of chemical at the heart of the massive bumble bee die off in Oregon
-- this study opens up an entirely new finding that it is more than one group of pesticides, but a combination of many chemicals, which makes the problem far more complex.
And it is not just the types of chemicals used that need to be considered, but also spraying practices. The bees sampled by the authors foraged not from crops, but almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers, which means bees are more widely exposed to pesticides than thought.
The bee colony collapse is not new news. The cause of it has been a mystery that has had an evolving with partial answers beginning to be found.
We already import tons of honey from China, much of it undocumented and illegal. With the collapse of the hives the cost of honey will continue to escalate and you will think you are paying so much becasue of the scarcity of US honey. No, you are paying this money for Chinese honey that piggy backs on the loss of US hives.