According to a study published this week in the journal Science by an interdisciplinary team from the University of Neuchâtel and the Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 75% of honey produced worldwide contains lethal nerve agents for bees .
Specifically, what these honey contain are neonicotinoids (neonic), which affects not only bees, but other species. Neonates account for one-third of the world pesticide market and are used to protect major crops such as corn and soybeans from insect pests.
However, the samples studied do not represent any risk to the health of consumers .
According to the professor of agroecology at the University of Neuchâtel,
Alexandre Aebi :
Around the world, bees are exposed to concentrations of neonics that have shown effects on bees' behavior, physiology and reproductive capacity.