Senate Hearing Supports Controversial Pesticide Linked to Bee Decline

March 29, 2016


By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — The pesticide linked to collapsing bee colonies received a solid endorsement from state officials, local farmers and researchers.


“There was a bit of hysteria thinking that neonics were causing (CCD) and there’s really quite a bit of evidence that it is diseases and varroa mite that cause colony collapse disorder,” said Heather Faubert, a researcher in plant science and entomology at the University of Rhode Island.

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