Pesticides kill over ten million bees in Brazil’s countryside

In Porto Ferreira, a city in the countryide of São Paulo state, over 10 million honey bees were killed in a matter of days by airborne spread pesticides.

The pesticides were sprayed over several properties of the region, many cultivating honey. In a matter of days 136 beehives were destroyed, ending four decades of work. “Not even the queen bees managed to survive” says Wanderley Fardin, owner of the hives. “The ground is littered with dead bees. Those that are left are flying about with nowhere to go.”

Fardin informs that he owned nine apiaries on the lands which recieved the spray and says that pesticides caused the death of his bees. An event which he filmed. According to the people responsible, the pesticides were used to kill insects affecting the planting of sugarcane fields in the area.

The mass death of bees, which according to the owner occurred after several days of spraying, generated a loss of about one ton of honey a year and R$200,000 in financial losses.

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The company responsible for the pesticides responds

The Ferrari mill, owner of the sugercane fields, confirmed that it uses a plane to spray pesticides on its crops, but not in the area of where the beehives are located. They also said that a request was sent for collecting dead bees for analysis. The report should be ready within 70 days.

Plane spraying pesticides on plantation in Porto Ferreira (photo: reproduction/EPTV)Plane spraying pesticides on plantation in Porto Ferreira (photo: reproduction/EPTV)


A map of destruction of bees in the State of São Paulo was disclosed by researchers of the
State University of São Paulo (Unesp) and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in October of 2016.

Between June of 2015 through May of 2016, teams analyzed 13 apiaries in 6 cities and concluded that the main cause of death of these insects is the misuse of pesticides.

In the same region, millions of bee deaths were recorded in the municipalities of Santa Cruz da Conceição, Gavião Peixoto, Leme and Araras.