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EPA Slapped with Lawsuit over Ongoing Bee Deaths

Bee Death

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  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a lawsuit against the agency, filed by beekeepers and environmental groups
  • The lawsuit alleges the EPA has ignored warnings that neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning bees, and acted outside the law by allowing “conditional registration” of the pesticides
  • Neonicotinoid pesticides are a newer class of chemicals that are applied to seeds and taken up through the plant’s vascular system as it grows, where it is expressed in the pollen and nectar, which bees depend on for food
  • The EPA acknowledges that “pesticide poisoning” may be one factor leading to colony collapse disorder, and the European Food Safety Authority has singled out risks to bees from neonicotinoids, but the EPA has been slow to act to protect bees from this threat

By Dr. Mercola

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a lawsuit against the agency, filed by beekeepers and environmental groups. Said Paul Towers, spokesperson for the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), one of the groups involved in the lawsuit:


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