In the United States, new pesticide labels will better protect bees and other pollinators

Science on the Land

This week the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced ‘new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.’ You can see the new label design here.

These new labels are supposed to stop people using four neonics: imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. I’m not sure how this is to be enforced. It’s only supposed to apply ‘where bees are present,’ whatever that means.

Three of these neonic pesticides are the same ones which will be banned here in Europe for two years, starting from the end of 2013. Our ban will cover imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. I think (but could be wrong) that dinotefuran is already banned throughout Europe. If you know that I’m wrong about that, please tell me.

I think that both of these neonic bans – our own European ban, and the new US ban – are steps in…

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I'm Tanya and I'm a 2015 journalism school graduate from SUNY Purchase College. I blog on a wide variety of issues: women's rights, racism, the American justice system, activism, the environment, etc. Knowledge truly is power, so my goal is to empower people to create change in society.

One thought on “In the United States, new pesticide labels will better protect bees and other pollinators

  1. Reblogged this on digger666 and commented:

    Some may say “Too little”; many may say “Too late”. Still, it is a beginning. Should we be concerned at the two year period? Should the move prove popular, renewal would coincide with the runup to the 2016 elections. Of greater concern must be the vague terms of reference and the challenges posed by enforcing those terms.

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