After many years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finally taking a closer look at how neonicotinoid pesticides impact bees and other pollinators. In the first of four assessments the agency has promised this year, it was clear they are still missing the forest for the trees.
EPA’s initial findings on Bayer’s imidacloprid skipped over both the impacts of pesticide exposures over time, and the effects of multiple pesticides in combination.
They also ignored the critical issue of neonic seed coatings, the most widespread use of these bee-harming pesticides. As we know from many studies, seed coatings are a primary source of exposure for bees and other pollinators.
Join us in keeping the pressure on EPA to address these issues — and take meaningful action to protect bees from harmful pesticides.