The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule to create temporary "pesticide-free zones" when commercial honeybees are trucked in to pollinate cash crops during blooming seasons. The rule begs the question: Why not protect all bees from a known threat if the chemicals are so "acutely toxic"?
While an undeniable reprieve for those hired bees, the rule would do nothing to protect native bumblebees and solitary bees across the nation. The rule also applies only to the spraying of leaves -- just part of the problem.
More than 100 million U.S. acres are planted with seeds, such as corn and soybean seeds, drenched in bee-killing chemicals. This rule does nothing to protect pollinators from the harms of these systemic toxins, which make entire plants poisonous, including the pollen and nectar.
June 24, 2015 Action Alert ID# 239
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