01 Apr '11, 12am

U.K. guv takes threat of bee-killing pesticides seriously. Why doesn’t the U.S.?

Remember neonicotinoids? They're the widely used class of pesticides that an increasing body of evidence -- including from USDA researchers -- implicates in the collapse of honeybee populations. Neonicotinoids are marketed by the agrichemical giant Bayer, which reels in about $800 million in sales from them each year. Germany (Bayer's home country), France, and Slovenia have either banned their use outright or limited it severely. Meanwhile, the U.S. EPA has stood by its approval of them -- even though its own scientists have discredited Bayer's research purporting to declare neonicotinoids safe for bees, and the USDA's chief bee scientist, Jeff Pettis, has reported doing research showing them to be highly harmful to bees even in extremely low doses . Good news: A government body is reconsidering the decision to approve those chemicals, based partly on concerns raised by P...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-03-31-uk...

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