Syngenta wants to increase usage limit for its bee-killing pesticides
Syngenta has petitioned the U.S. government to increase the legal tolerance for a neonicotinoid pesticide residue in several crops -- in one case increasing the acceptable level by 400 times.
Syngenta, one of the biggest manufacturers of pesticides, wants to increase the allowable threshold for residues of thiamethoxam, a pesticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees and other pollinators over the past several decades.
Syngenta is seeking to increase the levels from as low as 1.5 times for stover from sweet corn to as much as 400 times for hay from wheat.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public input on the decision until October 6th.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are one of many factors that scientists say have caused a dramatic decline in pollinators, insects and animals that help crop production by carrying pollen from one plant to another. The United States has lost more than half its managed honeybee colonies in the last 10 years.
These pesticides are temporarily banned in Europe but the pesticide companies are fighting to overturn the ban.
Sum of Us are asking for funds to launch an emergency campaign which will involve social media, their five million member email list, beekeepers and online ads.
The next issue of our magazine will have a shopping guide to Honey focussing on how to protect bee populations. Due out mid October.
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