This week, the Huffington Post published an article taking an in-depth look at problems with the controversial Harvard study that linked neonicotinoids and colony collapse disorder.

This past spring, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health said, unequivocally, that neonicotinoid pesticides are to blame for worldwide bee deaths. The story exploded on the Internet, with many journalists painting a "beepocalypse" or "beemageddon" based on this research.

However, the majority of scientists who study bees for a living are skeptical of this conclusion. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, called the Harvard researcher's work "an embarrassment", while Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, characterized it as fatally flawed, both in its design and conclusions.

 

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