As the public debate over causes behind Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) — a syndrome in which bees seemingly abandon their hives — carries on in the media, more and more new science has shown that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed a critical piece of the puzzle. Although they are not the cause, these and other pesticides are acting in concert to make very bees sick:
EPA knows enough to act. They have the authority and responsibility to suspend Bayer’s bee-toxic pesticide, clothianidin — yet for over a year the Agency has failed to do so. Neonicotinoids like clothianidin are not the sole cause of CCD, but they are a key part of the probelm, and at least one of them is on the market illegally.