DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - A recent study brought awareness to the harm a commonly used pesticide causes to honeybees.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public opinion on the use of neonicotinoids in pesticide.
During a recent study the pesticide ... Which can be found in products commonly used to control insects and weeds ... Has said to negatively affect honeybee pollination.
"Of all the insects that pollinate, 80 percent of it is going to be bees," says Phillip Carter of Extension,
The pesticide is said to damage the bee's nervous and immune systems.
Carter says, "You know something that affects your nervous system is going to affect your memory, therefore it’s going to affect your navigational skills. Bee's navigate in order to get back to the hive, so through research they were determining that bees were going out but they couldn’t find their way back home."
But the problem lies in farmers needing to use pesticide during a crop's blooming process.
"You know we want to help the farmers, we don’t want to forget about the farmers because they've got to have these pesticides in order to have a good yield with their crop" Phillip said.
Which is one reason the Environmental Protection Agency wants public input on whether there should be limitations on use of the pesticide... Or if it should be completely banned.
"The EPA though has already come out with warning labels or these warning icons on the products that have neonicotinoids to let the public know this is an advisory to let you know this can be harmful to pollinators" said Carter.
Phillip just wants to make sure the public is well educated on the matter, and understands how important the honey bees and pollination is to agriculture.
"Particularly your vine crops, cucumbers , watermelons, squash , things like that, cantaloupe; I mean they have to have because it’s a sticky pollen they need that pollination, if they don’t the growers can grow the best plants in the world but they’re not going to have a good harvest" says Phillip.
So about one-third of the food we eat is due to bees and their pollination.
For more information on the pesticides or where to leave a comment
You can visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website--- http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMjE1LjgyNTQxNTYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTIxNS44MjU0MTU2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MTc0MTkyJmVtYWlsaWQ9c2J0MDAxMEBhdWJ1cm4uZWR1JnVzZXJpZD1zYnQwMDEwQGF1YnVybi5lZHUmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZtdmlkPSZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&101&&&https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0737