“In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators,” the Environmental Protection Agency recently developed a new pesticide label that will (supposedly) prohibit use of some pesticide products where bees are present.
Specifically, the new label applies to ‘systemic’ pesticides known as neonicotinoids, such as imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Neonicotinoids are a relatively newfangled class of insecticides (and the most widely used in the world) that affect the central nervous system and navigational capabilities of insects, as well as suppress their immune system, causing paralysis followed by a slow death. Several peer-reviewed studies have identified these poisons as being highly toxic to honey bees and other pollinators. Neonics have been targeted as the main culprit behind Colony Collapse Disorder. For more about the effects on neonics on pollinator health, check out Beyond Pesticides’ “What the Science Shows.”
“Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides,” says Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts.” The EPA says it will work with pesticide makers to modify labels so that they will meet the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) safety standard.
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