Half a Billion Bees Drop Dead in Brazil Amid Jump in Pesticide Use

Half a Billion Bees Drop Dead in Brazil Amid Jump in Pesticide Use

Around half a billion bees dropped dead in 4 of Brazil’s southern states in the first few months of this year. Samples showed most of the dead had been poisoned with Fipronil, a insecticide proscribed in the EU, classified as a possible human carcinogen by the U.S. EPA (thread)

— Bruce Douglas (@bruceecurb) August 19, 2019

Most of the dead bees had traces of Fipronil, an insecticide classified by the European Union and the US Environmental Protection Agency as a human carcinogen.

Since President Jair Bolsonaro took control in January, the Ministry of Agriculture has approved sales of a record 290 pesticides, up 27% YoY for the same period. There’s also a bill sitting in Congress that would dramatically decrease pesticide standards.

Data from the United Nations discovered Brazil’s pesticide use jumped 770% from 1990 to 2016.

via naturalblaze Half a Billion Bees Drop Dead in Brazil Amid Jump in Pesticide Use