Regulatory News

The death of thousands of bees on a farm in Bauru, São Paulo caused a loss of around R$500,000 ($200,000). This is estimate is according to the land owner, agronomist Vitor Carvalho, who says that besides the honey, the bees helped in the pollination of avocado grown for export. The causes of mortality are still unknown.

Heard on a regional TV station, Professor Ricardo Orsi, bee expert from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), raised some hypotheses. "To get food, bees fly up to three kilometers. They may have gone to a contaminated site. Another possibility is that aerial spraying may have carried some kind of toxic product to the insects, depending on how the procedure was done. Even a water source may have caused this death,” he said.

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