WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – A report released by the United States Department of Agriculture states pesticide use has contributed to the widespread death of honey bees.
The report says the current rate of honey bee loss is unsustainable.
Andy Lohrman is a beekeeper from Clay County. He told News 10 honey bees are responsible for pollinating 130 agricultural crops in the United States.
“I do not believe that farmers are malicious in any way. I believe they have a right to run their business and to succeed however they can,” stated Andy Lohrman, beekeeper. “I just believe the culture that we have developed in farming has inadvertently harmed the honey bee.”
Last year, the European Union banned the use of three pesticides that are still widely used here in the United States.