12 Feb '12, 5pm

Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists' red flags via @grist

Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists' red flags via @grist

Clothianidin has been widely used on corn, the largest U.S. crop, since 2003. Suppliers sell seeds pre-treated with it. Like other members of the neonicotinoid family of pesticides, clothianidin gets “taken up by a plant’s vascular system and expressed through pollen and nectar,” according to Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA), which leaked the document along with Beyond Pesticides. That effect makes it highly toxic to a crop’s pests — and also harmful to pollen-hoarding honeybees, which have experienced mysterious annual massive die-offs (known as “colony collapse disorder”) here in the United States at least since 2006.

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/food-2010-12-10-leaked-document...

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