Issues & Campaigns

    Pesticides containing neonicotinoids and bee health

    Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticide that have been widely used in Australia since 1990, and Australia has one of the healthiest bee colonies in the world. This is due to Australia being free of some major pests and diseases, in particular the invasive varroa destructor mite (Varroa), which has devastated bee colonies internationally.

    I’ve heard about declining numbers of bees around the world. What is causing this?