Active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup hurts honey bee guts

honeybee on flowerFrom Environmental Health News, Septembers 25, 2018.

Honey bees exposed to levels of glyphosate commonly found in the environment had decreased amounts of microbiota in their gut—which leaves them prone to early death, according to a study released today.

Honey bees’ health is directly tied to the helpful organisms in their gut. These “microbiota” help the bees’ metabolism, weight gain and immune system. The new findings go against previous claims that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Bayer’s Monsanto Roundup weedkiller — does not harm wildlife, and offers another possible clue as to why honey bee colonies are dying at an increased rate.

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