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Monday, September 01, 2008

NRDC Forced to Sue to Get Public Records on Bee Mystery

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit last week to uncover critical information that the US government is withholding about the risks posed by pesticides to honey bees. NRDC legal experts and a leading bee researcher are convinced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evidence of connections between pesticides and the mysterious honey bee die-offs reported across the country. The phenomenon has come to be called "colony collapse disorder," and it is already proving to have disastrous consequences for American agriculture and the $15 billion worth of crops pollinated by bees every year. EPA has failed to respond to NRDC's Freedom of Information Act request for agency records concerning the toxicity of pesticides to bees, forcing the legal action. More here.
P.S. I find it notable that the EPA entitles their honey bee page "Pesticide issues in the works" and mentions a case in Germany definitely linked to pesticides.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 3:38 PM

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