Glyphosate is one of the most used pesticides but according to a new research, it is harming the livelihood of honeybees. As stated from the recent research, the pesticide damages the good bacteria in bees which weakens their immune systems making them prone to catching deadly infections and diseases.
Previous studies have confirmed that pesticides such as neonicotinoids are harmful to bees. This has become a growing concern as pollination from bees makes up 75 percent of the food that crops need in order to survive. Glyphosate on the other hand is manufactured in Monsanto and targets a specific enzyme that is present in plants and bacteria.
Unfortunately the glyphosate has been found to damage the microbiota that honey bees use to combat against pathogens. The recent study published states that glyphosate may be one of the contributing factors in the decline of the world’s bee population.
A Chinese research that was published earlier this year also stated that honeybees and their larvae grew slower and died on a more consistent basis when they were exposed to glyphosate. Additionally a study in 2015 found that adult bees that were exposed to herbicides impaired their cognitive ability making it harder for them to successfully return to their hive.
Without bees humans will no longer exist due to all of our crops and plants dying off. The public needs to be aware of the rapidly declining rate of bees and the harm that it brings with it. As of right now there are no plans to stop the sale or use of glyphosate on crops.