• Smugglers Bring Dangerous Pesticide into California, Harming Honeybees and People

    14 days ago - By Bésame

    An adult honeybee with a Varroa mite on it. Courtesy USDA
    Smuggling operations along the Mexican border typically deal with illicit drugs, illegal weapons and human trafficking, but a recent takedown is noteworthy for its more unusual target - pesticides that both help and harm honeybees, an integral part of our food supply.
    What was being smuggled was illegal pesticides used to kill Varroa mites that attack honey bees. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said these mites are “a major threat to honeybee health and are becoming resistant” to the chemical compounds used to control them.
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