Nightmare for US beekeepers – Sulfoxaflor, new approved insectiside
Chemical war between beekeepers, US government and pesticide producers are still going on. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May 2013 approved pesticide Sulfoxaflor for use on multiple food and fiber crops and other plants.
Desidion is even weirder if we look a little back to the beginning of this year in Europe where European commission ban some neonicotinoids with new regulations.
Because of the threat to bees several national beekeeping organizations have come together to file an appeal against the decision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Environmentalist Janette Brimmer said “The effects will be devastating to our nation’s food supply and also to the beekeeping industry, which is struggling because of toxic pesticides”.
Sulfoxaflor is a systemic insecticide which acts as an insect neurotoxin. The chemical works on the insect nervous system by interfering with the transmission of stimuli.
According to Organic Consumer Association Sulfoxaflor is considered by some to be a fourth-generation neonicotinoid, the class of insecticides implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
The problem with neonicotinoids
Source: www.oregonlive.com, www.federalregister.gov, www.ipm.iastate.edu and en.wikipedia.org