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INTERNAL EPA MEMO: Pesticide ‘Highly Toxic’

This is the first page of a 99-page internal EPA that states that synthetic nicotine pesticides are lethal to bees, and that a study submitted by the manufacturer, Bayer, was not acceptable. Groups are now calling for an immediate ban on at least one form of synthetic nicotines.

This is the first page of a 99-page internal EPA that states that synthetic nicotine pesticides are lethal to bees, and that a study submitted by the manufacturer, Bayer, was not acceptable. Groups are now calling for an immediate ban on at least one form of synthetic nicotines.

We have been pointing out the obvious, probably to the point of ranting, for more than four years. A class of pesticides known as neonicotines are responsible for the colony collapse disorder that has wiped out a third of the nation’s honeybees each year since 2006. Today, an internal EPA memo concluded what many of us have known all along:

Clothianidin’s (nicotine) major risk concern is to nontarget insects (that is, honey bees). Clothianidin is a
neonicotinoid insecticide that is both persistent and systemic. Acute toxicity studies to honey
bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis. Although EFED (Environmental Fate and Effects Division)
does not conduct RQ based risk assessments on non-target insects, information from standard
tests and field studies, as well as incident reports involving other neonicotinoids insecticides
(e.g., imidacloprid) suggest the potential for long term toxic risk to honey bees and other
beneficial insects. An incident in Germany already illustrated the toxicity of clothianidin to
honeybees when allowed to drift off-site from treated seed during planting.

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  • http://www.armchairactivist.us Barbara Rubin

    The surgeon general just issued a report that there is no safe level of exposure to cigarette smoke and that nicotine is quite hazardous in itself. So, if smoking is that dangerous (a recreational drug), then how much worse are registered poisons containing some of the same ingredients?

    Anyone know the answer to that?

    Me neither.

    Barb Rubin

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