Half a billion dead honey bees in Brazil show what happens when you roll back pesticide regulations

Daniel Wolfe
Half a billion dead honey bees in Brazil show what happens when you roll back pesticide regulations

It should be no surprise, then, that in Brazil, which has seen a 27% increase in pesticide sales since last year, roughly 500 million honey bees were found dead in piles across four states in early spring. The country’s pesticide use has grown by 770% between 1990 to 2016, as reported by Bloomberg. Insecticides like sulfoxaflor and neonicotinoids have been shown to harm bees, impairing their reproductive health and even killing them outright.