Leaked EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees

By Ariel Schwartz
Fast Company

The world honey bee population has plunged in recent years, worrying beekeepers and farmers who know how critical bee pollination is for many crops. A number of theories have popped up as to why the North American honey bee population has declined–electromagnetic radiation, malnutrition, and climate change have all been pinpointed. Now a leaked EPA document reveals that the agency allowed the widespread use of a bee-toxic pesticide, despite warnings from EPA scientists.

The document, which was leaked to a Colorado beekeeper, shows that the EPA has ignored warnings about the use of clothianidin, a pesticide produced by Bayer that mainly is used to pre-treat corn seeds. The pesticide scooped up $262 million in sales in 2009 by farmers, who also use the substance on canola, soy, sugar beets, sunflowers, and wheat, according to Grist.

The leaked document (PDF) was put out in response to Bayer’s request to approve use of the pesticide on cotton and mustard. The document invalidates a prior Bayer study that justified the registration of clothianidin on the basis of its safety to honeybees:

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5 responses to “Leaked EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees

  1. EPA in the pocket of corporations…how novel.

    It is time the walls come tumbling down.
    ww

  2. Time the walls came tumbling down???? Time to TEAR them down, stone by stone. What a brass set, huh? I’ll bet they have to have their pants tailor made to hold THAT set!

  3. I read an interesting article attributing colony collapse syndrome to a synergistic effect of a virus and a fungus.

  4. Pingback: Leaked EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees (via Food Freedom) | freedomwatchps

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