FDA admits commonly used pesticide harms honeybees – Mother Jones and FDA

Mother Jones magazine has an article on a new government report out from the FDA that establishes clear risks to honeybees from the popular pesticide.

For more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency has been under pressure from environmentalists and beekeepers to reconsider its approval of a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, based on a mounting body of research suggesting they harm bees and other pollinators at tiny doses. In a report released Wednesday, the EPA basically conceded the case.

There has been great concern due to Colony Collapse disorder, along with large scale bee die off across the country in the last decade, corresponding to the introduction of this insecticide into the environment, promoted by huge chemical companies.

The FDA has ignored this problem for some time, but finally has put scientists that managed to gather data that can be taken seriously by regulators. Now the question will be whether the regulators will actually call for a ban or moratorium, or bow to pressure from the chemical companies to allow it to continue.

What is at stake is the ability for modern agriculture to exist. Without honeybees we are unable to cost effectively pollinate crops, if we can pollinate them at all. This is  a classic battle between corporate profit and the people that work for it versus a small group of very concerned individuals who have teamed up to try and get proper oversight into play.

This affects us on the Peninsula because the same kind of pesticides are being used by people ignorant of this issue, often on plants in their backyard. Additionally, all our waste water sources eventually end up in the sea, and that then brings in questions about fish, and other sea creatures. I am not aware of any study haging  been  done on whether this is being found in the Salish Sea, though given our knoweledge of the effects and quantities of fire retardants from our furniture having been found in significant amounts, I would assume this produce will be found as well.

Original ideas for this aricle came from Joe Breskin, who has been tracking this story for some time. https://plus.google.com/113677817925719341659/posts/FTGT6syrKBZ

The Mother Jones article along a link to the original FDA  document is found at:

http://m.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2016/01/epa-finds-major-pesticide-toxic-bees

Pesticide detectives discover what’s streaming our waterways – King 5 News

Scientists have discovered an overall improvement in the amount of pesticides flowing in Washington State streams….State Agriculture officials said pesticide concentrations declined over the past decade in salmon bearing streams. They also said most were below levels of concern. But they did find 10 of the 74 pesticides they test for were increasing in concentrations.
Gary Chittim reports.
http://www.king5.com/news/local/Study-shows-streams-pesticide-improvements199062471.html

Pesticide protections for Pacific salmon head to court. – KPLU Pesticide protections for Pacific salmon head to court.

An East Coast court case could have big impacts on West Coast fish, and farmers too. Chemical manufacturers are suing the federal government to get a rule restricting pesticide use wiped off the books. In 2008 the National Marine Fisheries Service ruled a certain class of pesticides is a mortal threat to salmon and steelhead populations. Organophosphates are common on farms, and used to be widely used in gardens before regulators phased them out. Gabriel Spitzer reports.

http://kplu.org/post/pesticide-protections-pacific-salmon-head-court

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