EPA May Approve Use of More Bee-toxic Pesticides


Just received this in an email from the Center for Food Safety:

Bees are essential for one out of three bites of food we eat. But they are being wiped out by the widespread use of certain chemicals – specifically systemic insecticides, like neonicotinoids (“neonics” for short). Despite numerous scientific studies showing that these systemic insecticides are harmful to bees, EPA is actually proposing to expand the use of two such bee-toxic pesticides – thiamethoxam and sulfoxaflor.

When will EPA get the message that enough is enough? Bee-toxic pesticides are already used on over a hundred crops – and now EPA wants to approve more uses of these chemicals?

Unlike the U.S., the European Union has already suspended the use of thiamethoxam for its potential to harm honeybees. In the U.S., Center for Food Safety has sued the EPA to suspend the use of thiamethoxam, and some of the nation’s largest beekeeping associations have sued the EPA and Dow Chemical to remove sulfoxaflor from the market; in fact, even EPA admitted that sulfoxaflor is “very highly toxic” to bees.

EPA has dug itself into a dangerous hole, but instead of putting the shovel down, they seem intent on continuing to dig. Beekeepers across the country continue to report record-high bee kills. Recently, over 80,000 bee hives were decimated in California almond orchards, and again the damage was linked to bee-toxic chemicals. And it’s not just honey bees suffering – native bees like bumblebees are also dying as a result of pesticide poisoning. Nearly one year ago, the largest bumblebee kill ever recorded took place in Oregon after a pesticide application in a Target parking lot.

The EPA has a public comment period open until May 27th – meaning we have less than one week left to make our voices heard.

Tell EPA to do its job and stop poisoning bees! (petition) Thanks!


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