Apiarist Tom Theobald stands among crates of his bees.
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The EPA has been aware of this problem since at least 2006, when Bayer published a life-cycle study that — despite its flaws of methodology — demonstrated the peril posed to bees (as well as birds and other species) by the insecticide. Meanwhile, clothianidin was banned in Germany, France, Italy and Slovenia for exactly this reason. But in the U.S., thanks to the EPA’s inaction, clothianidin continues to be applied to farmers’ produce, and bees continue to die.
Perhaps it’s time for someone at Bayer or the EPA who cares more about America’s food supply than about Bayer’s bottom line to get in touch with WikiLeaks.