MAINE–(ENEWSPF)–March 24, 2012. It has taken several years for science to catch up with common sense in the nonsense known as colony collapse disorder in bees. It was obvious to us more than five years ago that a class of pesticides known as neonicotines — imidacloprid, chothianidin and others — was responsible for wiping out millions of beehives in North America. In the past year report after report from the scientific community has confirmed that these pesticides are a major contributing cause of bee decline.
Stating emphatically that we cannot let affirmative action wait, now that we have the scientific proof, more than a million Americans joined beekeepers in filing a legal petition demanding that the EPA re-register the chemical compound that is the worst offender: clothianidin.
Add your name to the chorus today: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/7106/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10078.
Don’t stop there, though. We need to demand that the EPA de-register all classes of synthetic nicotines. We need to tell our garden centers to stop selling these products and we need to tell our neighbors that if they care about fruits and nuts and all the other food pollinated by bees, we need to stop applying these products.