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Letter: Urge EPA to ban bee-killing chemical

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

There have been several reports in recent weeks concerning the die-off of bees involving the so- called “colony collapse”. The importance of bees to our agricultural industry cannot be overstated.

We cannot provide with human labor and resources alone the services that bees provide.

Now we learn that a blockbuster study released last week by the European Food Safety Authority has for the first time labeled the pesticide clothianidin as an “unacceptable” danger to bees.

Scientists have long thought that clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rate that bees have been dying off in the U.S. – nearly 30 percent of our bee population, per year, has been lost since 2006.

Our own U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly ignored scientists’ warnings and the urging of Americans to ban the use of clothianidin.

The reply is usually that there is a lack of evidence or the subject “needs more study.”

Now, the EFSA study could be a major breakthrough to convince the EPA to take emergency action, and suspend the use of clothianidin to stop the precipitous decline in global honeybee populations. It is time for all concerned citizens to write to the EPA and tell them not to wait. End the use of clothianidin.

The EPA mailing address:

Environmental Protection Agency

Ariel Ross Bldg.

1200 Pennsylvanica Ave NW.

Washington, D.C. 20460

Paul D. Sorensen

DeKalb

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