What is thiamethoxam and how does it affect our bee population and the rest of the environment?
The neonicotinoid, thiamethoxan, is a toxic chemical used to protect a wide variety of crops from agricultural pests. Despite being once hailed as an environmentally friendly alternative to spraying as it only targets the seeds, the mounting evidence on its adverse environmental impact is indisputable. Research has discovered that the toxin affects the survival of a colony in a catastrophic way – from minute traces in wildflowers or crop pollen wreaking havoc with bees’ ability to navigate and forage, to a single exposure significantly reducing the insect’s ability to produce offspring in future years. One teaspoon is toxic enough to kill 1.25 billion bees!