Previous Pesticides & Chemicals News 2015

Banned Pesticides Pose A Greater Risk to Bees Than Thought, EU Experts Warn 8-26-15

New Study by the European Food and Safety Authority (Efsa) finds ‘high risk’ to bees from neonicotinoid pesticide sprays prompting calls for extending ban

Already proscribed for seed treatments and soil applications, the Efsa analysis states that clothianidin, imidacloprid and thismethoxam also pose a ‘high risk’ to bees when sprayed on leaves. Use of the prohibited substances has been linked to dramatic declines in bee populations …Full article

Demanding Ban on Deadly Pesticides, Advocates Drop Millions of Dead Bees on EPA Doorstep 6-22-16

“In the five years since I started keeping bees, I’ve seen many hives killed by pesticides,” said James Cook, a beekeeper who drove the truck filled with dead bees from Sacramento, Calif., to Washington, D.C.

‘What’s happening today to pollinators is no different than what happened 50 years ago with the  collapse of the bald eagle due to the use of DDT’ Read more on Commondreams

Bees May Become Addicted to Nicotine-like Pesticides 4-22-15

Recent study finds bees have a preference for sugar solutions laced with pesticides, scientists say, as a separate landmark field trial show neonicitinoids harm bee population.

In a study published in the journal Nature, scientists from Newcastle University showed that bees have a preference for sugar solutions that are laced with the pesticides imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, possibly indicating they can become hooked on the chemicals in much the same way smokers are hooked on tobacco …Full article

Lawsuit Launched Over US EPS’s Approval of a New Pesticide 3-18-15

The Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety and the Defenders of Wildlife sent a formal notice of intent to sue the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claiming that by approving the insecticide flupyradifurone the agency is in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Approved as an alternative to neonicitinoids, flurpyradifurone is registered for a number of crops including citrus, cotton and potatoes. While most pesticides stay on the surface of plants, flupyradifurone, like neonicitinoids, works by infiltrating all plant tissues …Full article