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Bombus impatiens, Common Eastern Bumble Bee on Jerusalem Artichoke Flower

Bombus Impatiens Bumble Bees are found throughout the Eastern United States. They have a significant role in pollenating food crops such as Tomatoes, Cantaloupes, Pumpkins, Watermelons and many other plants beneficial to man and wildlife.

Greenhouse operators have come to rely on this valuable bee for sustained production of healthy plants.

But like all beneficial insects, the Bombus impatiens bumblebee along with honeybees, are being decimated by wide use of Neonicotinoid pesticides on 60-90% food crops grown throughout the earth. The trickle down or systemic effect of impregnating GMO crop seeds with pesticides by major Chemical Companies is not only deadly to essential crop pollinators but also to what or whomever eats the treated plants.

Check out this website:
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2016/01/epa-finds-major-pesticide-toxic-bees