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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 clothian
Is there an environment the EPA actually protects?
Much has been written in recent weeks about the unconditional EPA registration of the neonicotinoid clothianidin in spite of insufficient testing. Many classes of wildlife are at risk from this insecticide including fish and aquatic invertebrates, birds and mammals, amphibians and marine mollusks, and of course terrestrial invertebrates. If you’ve got the time and patience you can read the EPA documents which were leaked to a Colorado beekeeper at www.panna.org... Although called a memo, it runs 101 pages.
Nothing in this document is surprising. In fact, it is exactly what I wrote about in my master’s thesis. Clothianidin is just one of many popular pesticides that have received the green light from the EPA in spite of research that shows they cause significant harm to honey bee larvae. While the EPA requires testing on adult honey bees only, the real damage is being done at the larval stages through contaminated pollen. And believe me on this: no larvae means no adults.