A shocking 31% of America's honeybees died over the winter and this has been happening for the past 7 years. We're speeding towards the disastrous point at which we will not have enough bees to pollinate our crops.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are known to cause bee deaths yet the EPA continues to approve their usage despite warnings from their own scientists. In fact, the EPA has just approved, Sulfoxaflor, yet another pesticide that is known to be highly toxic to bees.
In contrast, the European Union just banned this entire class of pesticides in an effort to protect its dwindling honey bee populations. The U.S. needs to follow Europe's lead, and fast!
- Bee Research Lead, United States Department of Agriculture
Dr. Jeffery Pettis
- Acting Assistant Administrator, OSCPP, Environmental Protection Agency
Jim Jones, Environmental Protection Agency
Honey bee die offs need to be taken seriously. A shocking 31% of commercial honey bees died this winter here in the U.S. and we are rapidly approaching a point at which we will not have enough honey bees left to pollinate our crops.
I cheered the news that the EU has recently placed a two-year ban on all neonicotinoid pesticides in an effort to protect their dwindling honey bee populations. And I was nothing short of astounded to learn that the EPA has just approved Sulfoxaflor, yet another pesticide that is known to be highly toxic to bees, for use.
I urge you to follow the EU's lead and ban neonicotinoid pesticides and all relatives like Sulfoxaflor that are known to be toxic to bees without further delay.
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