Do you like honey? What about bees?
Bees are becoming fussy about what they eat. The cause, according to the Journal of Experimental Biology, is pesticides. Bees refuse to take nectar which has been treated with pesticides and so the food supply of the colony is reduced. This is a problem, because less food means fewer bees.
Pesticides also interfere with communication between bees (they communicate by dancing). Experiments have shown that bees that have eaten pesticides dance less or in some cases stop dancing altogether.
If this doesn’t bother you, it should. We need bees, but not only for honey. Without bees, we would lose 80% of insect pollination. This would affect fruit, vegetables and even meat. If we don’t want to end up eating only bread and water, we need to protect our little black and yellow friends.
Study the words
fussy– not easy to please
according to- on the authority of
pesticides-chemicals used in agriculture
nectar-substance used by bees to make honey
less-opposite of more (for uncountable nouns)
fewer-opposite of more (for countable nouns)
end up-do something in the end/as a final resort
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- Commonly used pesticide turns honey bees into ‘picky eaters’ (seeddaily.com)