Skip to comments.Feds won't ban pesticides said to kill honeybees, despite 800 studies
Posted on 11/27/2014 5:42:39 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Over 100 scientists worldwide, citing 800 studies, are demanding that the Obama administration follow Europes lead and put a moratorium on the use of a new-style pesticide blamed for the deaths of 30 percent of American honeybees every year.
In a letter to the EPA and Agriculture Department, the scientists said there is overwhelming evidence from 800 studies that the pesticide family called neonicotinoids are to blame for the substantial declines in honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies, all pollinators needed to help farmers produce billions of dollars worth of food every year.
The 108 signers of this letter therefore urge you to take immediate action to protect bees and other pollinators, particularly from pesticides known to be harmful, said the letter provided to Secrets.
Despite actions by the European Union and some U.S. cities and states to limit use of the neonics, the administration is taking a go-slow approach.
We share concerns about the decrease in the honeybee population, without question, EPA Director Gina McCarthy told Secrets during a recent media roundtable sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
She seemed to blame the decade-long die-off of bees on development. There are a number of factors that need to be considered, a lot of it could be attributable to habitat loss, and much of it might be, she said.
McCarthy added that the EPA, under President Obamas direction, is looking into the issue and holding listening sessions around the nation, but is not ready to act until the agency has thoroughly studied the science of the pesticides.
There is no resolution off the table, she said. But, she added, the agency wont be quick to judge.
The scientists, from schools such as Harvard University and University of California, and as far away as Germany, however, said the issue has already been studied. They cited a June 2014 worldwide review of 800 studies by 29 independent researches that blamed the bee kills on neonics, which are typically treated on seeds and can stay in the ground for years.
They are blamed for disrupting the homing ability of bees heading back to the hive, a key issue on Colony Collapse Disorder.
Sheer incompetence. Let the states handle it.
Incompetent Nanny State PING!
McCarthy is an enemy of the Republic.
An assault apparently on our food crops. I’d say this is agenda 21 material.
We need to ban the EPA.
I have talked with some commercial bee keepers who send their bees from Canada to California. I asked them if they had trouble with bee hive collapse. They said they didn’t because they took care of their bees by making sure they were kept healthy by having enough honey to sustain them while waiting for the flowers they were pollenating to bloom. Also, they monitored any diseases or parasites and dealt with those problems. There are solutions.
Bring back DDT!
We don’t need bees.
Moochelle will tell us what we can eat.
One day. The incompetence and stupidity will lead to the deaths of millions, and people like the EPA will starve, cold in the dark. Just like everybody else.
All part of the great plan to end food independence.
Bees are a serious national security issue, without them the food supply collapses.
I guess there is no marxist solution to bee problems so the EPA doesn’t have time for it.
Evidence of apocalypse? ??? Hardly! Long read above link. But gives strong evidence that the ‘crisis’ is, indeed, championed by usless idiots.what
That’s “victuals” for those of you NOT in Rio Linda.
Her comment on "development" proves it.
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