Bees Need Help, Not More Pesticides

Pesticide Action Network (Panna)   Septmeber 29, 2104

Even with all the clear science showing harm to bees and other pollinators, Syngenta is pushing EPA to allow even more use of one of its neonicotinoid pesticides.

This would be very bad news for bees. Join us in urging EPA to say no to Syngenta’s request! The comment period closes next Monday, October 6.

Stop this bee-toxic proposal » Even at low doses that aren’t immediately lethal, neonics wreak havoc on bees — suppressing their immune systems and disrupting their ability to navigate, forage for food and return to the hive. It’s time for EPA to step up and address this known threat, not put more of it in the field!

Syngenta wants thiamethoxam, a neonic now used primarily as a seed treatment, to be used as a “foliar spray” too. The problem is that pesticide spray has a tendency to drift from where you put it — to neighboring crops and flowering plants where bees may be foraging, or even to surface water.

And to pave the way for more spray, Syngenta is asking EPA to up the level of residue allowed — by as much as 400 times.

If EPA grants Syngenta’s request, more of this bee-toxic pesticide will be applied to common crops — corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa among them — that cover over 250 million acres of U.S. farmland. Pollinators in the Midwest will be hit the hardest.

No more neonics » Bees and other pollinators are already in serious trouble, facing widespread exposure to harmful pesticides, among other challenges. And EPA is moving much too slowly to address the neonics already in common use. Simply put, increasing quantities of bee-toxic pesticides in the fields is a very bad idea — for bees and for our food system.

Even at low doses that aren’t immediately lethal, neonics wreak havoc on bees — suppressing their immune systems and disrupting their ability to navigate, forage for food and return to the hive.

It’s time for EPA to step up and address this known threat, not put more neonics in the field!

Before the comment period closes on October 6, you can help by urging EPA to say no to Syngenta’s request! http://www.panna.org/issues/related-actions/bees-syngenta-epa