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Bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite. Widely used, fungicides had been thought to be harmless for bees as they’re designed to kill fungus, not insects, on crops like apples.

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  1. 12th_Man 183 days ago Permalink

    What's your opinion Fender?

  2. Fender Stratocaster 183 days ago Permalink

    Americans tend to buy fruit and veggies that are pretty, and perfect in form and appearance. If an apple or a cucumber has a blemish, it's avoided for one that looks better. Meanwhile, common sense would dictate that an apple with a blemish is still edible and useful, when one takes a knife and slices off the blemish. No brainer!

    As one who depends on fungicides and pesticides to make a living, I am familiar with agriculture based pesticide use. We use WAY too much in this country. Most of the use is to keep our produce cosmetically sound and appealing. Why would one care if an apple has a blemish on its skin, if it's bound for the press to make apple cider, or apple sauce? Still, we use pesticides to keep THAT crop pristine and beautiful. That's unnecessary and overkill.

    Pesticides has a place and they are useful. And, at the risk of sounding like an ass-hat liberal, organic farming is effective, profitable, and economically viable.

    Bees are very important in feeding our people and in pollinating our crops. We need to protect our bees, but not in such a knee-jerk way as the climate change crowd would mandate, like they do with the junk science based 'Globull Warming' cult they've created.

    Protect the bees, but do it sensibly so as not to hurt the farmer or the pest control industry. It is possible, if done smartly.

    Do I think pesticides need to be banned? No. Do I believe we need to use them responsibly? Absolutely.

    BTW, I am currently working on certifying part of my company as 'Eco Friendly' in pest control. There are ways of doing the business in a more eco-friendly manner. And, there are people willing to pay the additional fees to go green in their services. I don't mind taking their money to give them piece of mind.

    Just sayin'

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