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Suit Filed Against EPA To Restrict Neonicotinoids

March 26, 2013 by  

A group of California beekeepers and environmental groups filed suit last week to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restrict insecticides they say has a detrimental effect on honeybees.

The groups filed their lawsuit against the EPA in the Northern District Court of California, demanding that the regulatory agency suspend the use of pesticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam. The pesticides, which are part of a class of systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids, are absorbed by plants and transported throughout a plant’s vascular tissue, making the plant potentially toxic to insects, the groups said. Neonicotinoids are chemically related to nicotine, the harmful ingredient in tobacco products.

“Beekeepers and environmental and consumer groups have demonstrated time and time again over the last several years that EPA needs to protect bees. The agency has refused, so we’ve been compelled to sue,” Peter Jenkins, a lawyer for the Center for Food Safety who is representing the coalition of plaintiffs told NBC News.

The group claims to have obtained records of “legal violations” by EPA officials regarding its approval of clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

Syngenta and Bayer are the leading manufacturers of the neonicotinoid variety of insecticides and they claim there is no proof they are detrimental to bee health. But neonicotinoids are used on more than 100 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton annually; and California beekeepers say their populations have been so decimated that many of the State’s almond growers won’t have enough bees to effectively pollinate their trees this year.

The American Bird Conservancy recently published a review of 200 studies on neonicotinoids that included industry research obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The study calls for the banning of the insecticide based on its toxicity to birds, aquatic invertebrates and other wildlife.

Bees are essential pollinators of plants used for food and — along with butterflies, bats, beetles and some small mammals — are key components of the food system. Bee populations in China have been so decimated by the use of insecticides that farmers employ people to pollinate their almond trees.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Susan

    Thease idiots at the EPA, need to be brought down, Are the beekeepers aware of Chemtrails? Aluminum, barium and Strodium, being sprayed also heavily toxic to Humans, plants and animals.. yes bees to. Please do.your reasearch for yourself what you see will make you sick..what and why in the world are they spraying? The two show what and why.. Government, NATO and the UN, a 5 billion a year program. Bill Gates also involved.

  • dan

    used to be that people knew enough (common sense)
    not to mess with Mother Nature….seems that they’re well on their way to
    reducing the world population because without bees : no food

  • Daveh234

    Bees have also been shown to be affected by pollinating GMO crops. Something in the pollen that messes with their genes, too.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Ignoring “Rainbow Sprinkler Conspiracy” Susan’s crackpot comments, this IS a very serious issue. The tests the EPA has used to determine the toxicity of neonicotinoids for bees have been totally inadequate. In Europe, where proper tests have been done, the use of these substances has been banned. We need to do the same in the US.

  • omanuel

    May Easter 2013 mark the beginning of the end to almost seven decades of fraudulent government science and the return of mankind to respect for his Creator, his actual role in the cosmos, and “The GOLDEN RULE.”

    - Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

  • Steve

    In the spring of 2012 I lost 18 out of my 21 colonies of honey bees within just a couple weeks of the corn seed being planted here in missouri. The seed is coated with this insecticide (red coating on yellow corn seed) & the dust storm created by planting carries with it this poision into the air. The dust eventually settles on weeds, in water sources frequented by bees & settles upon the colonies themselves if the wind is working that direction. It’s no joke, its not hype, this happens. All the beekeepers I know struggle with loosing colonies by these “mysterious” things. We already have enough issues with beehive health & sure as hell dont need bayer destroying what’s left.
    Stand up folks and start screaming…because when the proverbial canary’s start to die humans are next!
    Not to mention the increased cancer rate in the human population, it aint happening for no reason!


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