Beekeepers in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil have reported massive deaths among their hives, with the total reaching an astonishing 400 million deaths.
It has long been reported that bees are a necessity to our ecosystem, as their pollination efforts help create the foods that humanity needs to survive, but the Brazilian government under President Jair Bolsonaro has deregulated the use of industrial pesticides. As a result, the damage to the bee population has been catastrophic.
Brazil's economy, which is so heavily based in agriculture, has become one of the biggest users of dangerous pesticides in the world. Across the European Union, the nicotine-based pesticide neonicotinoids was banned because of the danger to the bee population. Brazil, which has been bullish about deregulations since Bolsonaro took office, has deregulated around 193 different chemicals that are forbidden for use elsewhere in the world.
This mass bee depopulation has been echoed around the world, particularly in Russia, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States
The bees need as much help as they can possibly get. Aside from the critical work of regulating dangerous pesticides out of industrial use, people can help grow bee-friendly plants in their property and in helping ecological groups like Buglife and the World Wildlife Federation by funding and spreading information