Studies have shown that fungicides affect the pollination and foraging habits of honey bees. In a test conducted in Bakersfield, CA, a broad spectrum fungicide called Propiconazole was applied to alternating rows of almonds during full bloom. Honey bees stopped foraging in the rows that were sprayed. A week after the almonds were sprayed, only half of the honey bees that would usually be foraging on the almond blossoms were actually foraging. Dead bees were also found outside of several colonies, which suggest that the fungicide was toxic. Other tests have been conducted to support the theory that fungicide is toxic to bees in part due to the level that is stored in pollen, which inhibits the growth of certain types of fungus that are needed to convert pollen into bee bread. Because of the lack of beneficial fungus, the nutritional value of pollen to bees is diminished.
Yes, as the post above states. Additionally, funcigicde residues have been found on food for human consumption – primarily from post-harvest treatments. Some are dangerous to human health as well as animals, which is why it’s important to wash or cook food prior to eating and why we need to look for alternative ways to treat for fungi or fungal spores.
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