Bee­keep­ers, greens ask EPA to ban pes­ti­cide

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

FRESNO | Com­mer­cial bee­keep­ers and en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions filed a pe­ti­tion Wed­nes­day, ask­ing fed­eral reg­u­la­tors to sus­pend use of a pes­ti­cide they say harms hon­ey­bees.

The group is urg­ing the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency to ban the in­sec­ti­cide cloth­i­an­i­din, one of a class of chem­i­cals that act on the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem of in­sects. More than 1.25 mil­lion peo­ple also sub­mit­ted com­ments in part­ner­ship with the or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Bee­keep­ers and some sci­en­tists say the chem­i­cals known as neon­i­coti­noids are lethal to bees and weaken their im­mune sys­tems, mak­ing them more sus­cep­ti­ble to pathogens. They say it could con­trib­ute to colony-col­lapse dis­or­der, in which all the adult hon­ey­bees in a colony sud­denly dis­ap­pear or die.

The dis­or­der con­tin­ues to dev­as­tate hives in the U.S. and over­seas. Since it was rec­og­nized in 2006, the dis­ease has de­stroyed colonies at a rate of about 30 per­cent a year, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Be­fore that, losses were about 15 per­cent a year from a va­ri­ety of pests and dis­eases.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.