USDA: ‘Not Enough Evidence’ to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent god-knows-how-many of
our tax dollars to study Colony Collapse Disorder, or more simply, why
all the honeybees are dying.
Their conclusion? There are a lot of contributing factors—including
pesticides—to the mass die-off of bees. But “not enough evidence” to ban
the pesticides. The study called for more research before any
meaningful action is taken.
Meanwhile, the European Union isn’t taking any chances. Researchers
there will do more experiments to find out if pesticides are responsible
for the bee die-off. But in the meantime, officials there have
instituted a two-year ban on the use of neonicotinoids, the pesticides
most frequently implicated in the bee die-off. Unlike here in the U.S. where the pesticides will continue to flow.
Read the report (PDF)