So what killed off so many honeybees recently? Besides the usual suspects, there’s clothianidin.
According to an article in Fast Company, the EPA allowed the widespread use of this bee-toxic pesticide, despite specific and unambiguous warnings from its own scientists. The pesticide is banned in Germany, France, Italy, and Slovenia. Slovenia!
And how did we find out about this? A leaked document, of course. Clothianidin is used mainly to pre-treat corn seeds, but the manufacturer, Bayer, requested approval to use it on cotton and mustard as well.
Want the document itself? Right here, PDF. (Thanks, FC.)
Corn production has surged because of ethanol subsidies, a bad idea now revealed to be even worse. Honeybees are the victims of our continuing addiction to fossil fuels.
But not we now know, unintended victims. We knowingly put them at risk.