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Today, I received an email and I thought the information was important to share with everyone regarding the pesticide Clothianidin and bees.

For those in the 'bee world', I would love to hear your comments on this matter.

The email from CREDO stated that a blockbuster study recently  released  by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has for the first time labeled the pesticide clothianidin as an "unacceptable" danger to bees.
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-Scientists have long cited clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rate that bees have been dying off in the U.S. — nearly 30% of our bee population, per year, has been lost to so-called colony collapse since 2006.2

But the EPA has repeatedly ignored scientists' warnings and Americans' urgings to ban its use, citing lack of evidence.

Now, the EFSA study could be a major breakthrough to convince the EPA to take emergency action, and suspend the use of clothianidin to stop the precipitous decline in global honeybee populations.

In addition to finding clothianidin too dangerous to use on plants pollinated by bees, EFSA's study specifically identifies as too flawed to be useful the shoddy studies provided by pesticide manufacturer Bayer as evidence of clothianidin's safety. 3

It was these sham studies that EPA used to first approve clothianidin in 2003, even against the objections of EPA's own scientists.4

The pesticide, which is used to treat seeds like corn and canola, expresses itself through the plants' pollen and nectar — the honeybee's favorite sources of food. Clothianidin is in a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are relatively new, and their use coincides with the rise of colony collapse.

If EPA does not take emergency action now, it won't review clothianidin again until 2018.

Given the rate of colony collapse, and the indispensable role that pollinators play in our food system — pollinating one third of our food crops and providing literally billions of dollars in economic benefit — it would be stunningly irresponsible of EPA to continue allowing the use of this dangerous pesticide for at least another five (5) years.

Click below to automatically sign the petition urging EPA to take immediate action now:

http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6995405&p=efsa_bees&id=53525-4537306-AytIeIx&t=4

Here is the petition address:
https://act.credoaction.com/campaign/efsa_bees/?p=efsa_bees&r=6995402&id=53525-4537306-AytIeIx

Thank you for speaking out for the bees.

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DreamWizard DreamWizard
51-55, F
1 Response Jan 18, 2013

Thank you for the info and web address. Have beeautifull day