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Author Topic: Colony Collapse Disorder  (Read 151 times)
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« on: March 30, 2013, 08:12:33 AM »

Just thought I'd post a section of an article I read this morning.  What it didn't say is when these pesticides, Neonicotinoids, began being widely used.  Is this something fairly new to the pesticide world?

In the U.S., a group of environmentalists and beekeepers recently filed suit against the EPA for approving the pesticides. Neonicotinoids, they wrote in the lawsuit, have been "repeatedly identified as highly toxic to honeybees, clear causes of major bee kills and significant contributors to the devastating ongoing mortality of bees known as colony collapse disorder,” reported Bloomberg.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to issue its own assessment later in the spring, according to the New York Times.

A recent study published by the American Bird Conservancy found that the pesticides may also negatively impact birds and water-borne insects. Mother Jones notes the report hasn't been peer-reviewed, but was authored by a retired senior research scientist formerly with Canada's environment ministry.

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