Pesticide Lobby Spends Millions To Defend Chemicals Tied To
4:24 pm EDT
WASHINGTON --The chemical pesticide lobby is
waging a multi-million dollar battle to prevent regulation of chemicals linked
to the dramatic escalation in the deaths of pollinating bees over the past
America, the trade association that represents more than 90 of the world's
biggest agro-chemical manufacturers, spent nearly $2.5 million last year
lobbying against bills that sought to increase oversight of chemical
manufacturing and transfer, strengthen drinking water standards and fund
research into the effects of pesticides on humans.
A Disastrous Year for Bees
28, 2013By Matt H. Mayes and Axel Gerdau
America’s beekeepers, who have struggled for nearly a decade with a mysterious
malady called colony collapse disorder that kills honeybees en masse, this past
year was particularly bad.
participates in the EPA Pollinator Summit
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) held a public meeting with key stakeholders to collaborate
on activities to protect honey bees and other pollinators from pesticide risks.
are an important component of agricultural production and are critical to food
and ecosystems. The summit was an opportunity to advance our collective
understanding and efforts to protect them.
EPA had been working aggressively to protect honey bees and other pollinators.
The summit is part of the agency’s ongoing collaboration with beekeepers ,
growers, pesticide manufacturers and federal and state agencies to manage
potential risks to bees.
Adee, NPDF president and AHPA member, presented the "Beekeeping Industry
Perspective” in which he communicated the need to conserve honey bees for
agricultural purposes as well as society in general. He also stressed the
commercial costs involved by the loss of honey bees that is currently placed on
only the beekeepers.
Congress Urged To Better Protect Birds From Neonicotinoid Pesticides
groups are pushing Congress and a federal court to force EPA to strengthen controls
on the controversial neonicotinoid class of pesticides, filing a federal
lawsuit last week seeking a ban of two neonicotinoids and also pushing
legislators to encourage EPA to heighten consideration of the pesticides'
possible effects on birds in agency risk assessments.
beekeepers and consumer groups sued EPA March 21 to suspend the registrations
of two neonicotinoids. Meanwhile, the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) met last
week with legislators and EPA officials to push findings from the ABC's recent
report that alleges EPA's current risk assessment processes do not adequately
consider ecological effects on birds and aquatic species.
lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
California calls for the suspension of registrations for clothianidin and
thiamethoxam. Environmentalists blame the pesticides for repeated bee kills and
say they are contributing to colony collapse disorder, a component in sharp
declines in bee populations seen since the mid-2000s, around the time the two
neonicotinoid pesticides came into heavy use.