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Dan Rather Reports: EPA Covers Up Bee Evidence

U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO IGNORE PESTICIDE PROOF

We’ve been at this now for more than five years. As one of the first organizations in North America to go public with the notion that a class of pesticides made from synthetic nicotine were responsible for the sudden bee death known as colony collapse disorder, we were threatened legally, verbally and, yes, even physically.

These days it’s widely accepted that imidacloprid and clothianidin are responsible for the unprecedented wipeout of 30-50 percent of the world’s beehives each year, yet our Environmental Protection Agency appalling does nothing. Movies have been made about the subject, the EPA admitted that clothianidin never should have been registered in the first place and the government’s own scientist has come forward with a smoking gun study.

And nothing. As we head toward winter, our food supply continues to hang in the balance.

Our friend, Joe Speeney, from New Jersey send along this video from Dan Rather that offers one of the best overviews of the subject that I’ve seen: http://vimeo.com/29419200. Rather, as you’ll see, is well past his prime as he approaches 80 next month — but it’s gratifying to know that he still likes to dig for the right stories. The former CBS news anchor also has this piece on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-rather/honeybees-pesticides-food-chain-_b_975934.html?ir=Food.

A petition launched late last year at Change.org generated more than 13,700 signatures, but — like everything else — failed to compel our government to take action.

It’s unlikely a Internet report from an 80-year-old news anchor will change anything, either. But everyone can make a difference this autumn by avoiding all grub-killing products that include imidacloprid or clothianidin. If you’re really motivated, send a link to this blog to your elected officials and ask them to get involved. If you’re bold, call EPA leader Lisa Jackson herself: 202-564-4700.

How long are we going to let this go on?

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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