The Environmental Protection Agency is banning products containing pesticides harmful to honeybees, according to a recent report in the Washington Post.
Similar moves to ban products containing chemicals known as neonicotinoids have been taken in Canada and Europe. The EPA’s ban is the culmination of five years of litigation launched by beekeepers and environmentalists, who say the chemicals pose a threat to bees that are key to pollinating commercial fruit, nut, and vegetable crops. Under the settlement, the EPA will also study the effects of neonic chemicals on endangered species.
“This is a win for both the rule of law and also for bees, birds and other wildlife impacted by these pesticides,” Rebecca Riley, legal director of the nature program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the Washington Post. “But the reality is there are hundreds of pesticide products on the market. So, this is important … but it does not get rid of the danger.”
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