by Elizabeth Dunbar
A group of Minnesota beekeepers on Wednesday asked state agriculture officials to suspend the use of corn seeds treated with certain pesticides.
The petition signed by 40 beekeepers blames neonicotinoid pesticides for killing honeybees.
Currently, Minnesota farmers only have access to seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, but central Minnesota beekeeper Steve Ellis said that needs to change.
“Beekeepers in Minnesota last year and in years previous have been reporting mortality events at corn seeding time,” said Ellis, who has about 2,500 hives in Barrett, Minn. “Apparently the dust is getting off of the corn seeding and going off site and causing poisoning of honey bees on flowers and around their hives.” Read Full Article »