EPA May Approve Another Bee-Killing Pesticide
While most of the free world has pinned the root cause of colony collapse disorder on a group of pesticides known as synthetic nicotines, bees now face another threat from a new, similar fast-acting compound that’s up for approval from our EPA.
“Sulfoxaflor will provide farmers an effective solution against sap-feeding insects that are destructive to a wide range of crops including cotton, tree fruits, vegetables and rice,” said Tim Hassinger of Dow AgroSciences after the company won approval in Korea in late 2011 despite acknowledgement on the label that sulfoxaflor — like imidacloprid and chothianidin before it — is incredibly toxic to bees.
Amidst new calls to ban the class of nicotines from the European Union in recent weeks, the threat of sulfoxaflor has brought a new sense of urgency to the movement to protect bees. With no long-term studies yet available for this “fourth-generation” neonicotinoid, environmentalists fear a repeat of the swift approval of clothianidin that was proven to be based on a single bogus test result.
“With continuing reports of bee deaths, would sulfoxaflor be yet another bee disaster waiting to happen? Take action and tell EPA not to repeat past missteps and protect pollinators from sulfoxaflor by providing a public comment to EPA,” wrote the Washington-based group Beyond Pesticides: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=9531