Tuesday, December 14, 2010

EPA responsible for bee deaths?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

If you haven't heard the news (note I politely refrained from saying "buzz"), a Colorado beekeeper is at the center of a controversy revolving around an Environmental Protection Agency document that reveals that the agency green-lighted use of a pesticide that's fatal to honeybees.

Save us from the EPA.

An updated posting yesterday on Fast Company quotes Colorado beekeeper Tom Theobald lamenting the fate of bees that might be affected by a pesticide called clothianidin, which has been banned in other countries.

The document at hand supposedly illustrates how the agency, whose mission is "to protect human health and the environment" — not to potentially destroy the insect that pollinates a third of our crops domestically — ignored warnings from its own scientists and allowed the chemical to be sold and used on food crops.

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