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A pesticide that hurts bees is showing up in honey around the world

Bee populations are at risk around the world. Photo: Ted S. Warren / AP

Neonicotinoid pesticides — known to be harmful to bees — are present in 75% of honey samples from around the globe, per a new study.

The big picture: The detrimental effects of these pesticides have been observed in multiple studies of bee populations in the United States and Europe, but this study is the first to find neonicotinoids are present all over the world. There is "no place in the world" safe from contamination for bees, Alexandre Aebi, one of the researchers, told Axios.