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    Leaked document: EPA knowingly approved bee-killing pesticide
    by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

    A Colorado beekeeper recently obtained a leaked document revealing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows a popular crop pesticide is killing off honey bees, but has allowed its continued approval anyway. Despite opposition from its own scientists, EPA officials first gave the a-okay to Bayer CropScience's toxic pesticide clothianidin in 1993 based on the company's own flawed safety studies. But now it has been revealed that the EPA knew all along about the dangers of clothianidin and decided to just ignore them.

    By now, most people know that honeybees are dying off at an incredibly disturbing rate. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition where bees stray from the hive and never find their way back, is nixing millions of nature's pollinators every year. Previous studies have pinpointed various environmental toxins as the primary culprits, including toxic pesticides like clothianidin (http://www.naturalnews.com/028429_c...).

    And the leaked document, which was written by the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, explains clearly that "[c]lothianidin's major risk concern is to nontarget insects (honey bees)" and that "[a]cute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis." The letter was in response to a request from Bayer to have clothianidin approval expanded for use on cotton and mustard in addition to its other approved uses.

    So if clothianidin poses a significant threat against honey bees, and the EPA has known about this all along, why was it ever approved in the first place? And if Bayer's original safety studies have been shown to be contradictory to actual science, why has the EPA failed to go after Bayer for falsifying safety data? Apparently those who make the final decisions at the EPA have no actual interest in the truth and would rather cater to corporate interests at the expense of public health.

    Several European nations have outlawed the use of clothianidin, including Germany, Francy, Italy and Slovenia. U.S. growers of conventional crops, however, continue to use the dangerous chemical thanks to corrupt EPA officials. And when all the honey bees die and there are no pollinators left to grow food, these same EPA officials will be responsible for the mass murder of millions of people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    Leaked document: EPA knowingly approved bee-killing pesticide
    by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

    So if clothianidin poses a significant threat against honey bees, and the EPA has known about this all along, why was it ever approved in the first place? And if Bayer's original safety studies have been shown to be contradictory to actual science, why has the EPA failed to go after Bayer for falsifying safety data? Apparently those who make the final decisions at the EPA have no actual interest in the truth and would rather cater to corporate interests at the expense of public health.
    unfortunately everything in the US revolves around money
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    unfortunately everything in the US revolves around money
    yuppers.

    although they say if all bees were to die the entire planet would die off in a matter of years, not sure how true that is?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    yuppers.

    although they say if all bees were to die the entire planet would die off in a matter of years, not sure how true that is?
    I don't know about that, but it would probably make a big impact since bees pollinate a lot of flowers and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    yuppers.

    although they say if all bees were to die the entire planet would die off in a matter of years, not sure how true that is?
    not far from the truth, we lose the bees and by-by to the natural pollination process of about 50 types of food. many things would have to be grown directly from seed but not all plants produce them.
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    at least it was FDA approved
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    yuppers.

    although they say if all bees were to die the entire planet would die off in a matter of years, not sure how true that is?
    Valentines would suck for a few years until some other insect, once intimidated by bee's, would step up and take over the role... Less competition means more for everyone else...Butterflies would thrive on the abundance of flowers, other bee species would probably thrive....but god damn I love honey it would suck to not have that anymore and that's why I rescued a honey bee from drowning the other day. It was laying in a puddle fighting to stay up so I took a leaf from the tree behind me and scooped it out, laid it in the sun and watched it dry out and fly away.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion View Post
    Valentines would suck for a few years until some other insect, once intimidated by bee's, would step up and take over the role... Less competition means more for everyone else...Butterflies would thrive on the abundance of flowers, other bee species would probably thrive....but god damn I love honey it would suck to not have that anymore and that's why I rescued a honey bee from drowning the other day. It was laying in a puddle fighting to stay up so I took a leaf from the tree behind me and scooped it out, laid it in the sun and watched it dry out and fly away.....
    My dad and my uncle have honey bees. Way better than that shit you get at the store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blazeftp View Post
    When the bee's go......we go.
    well the green movemnet would think people going is a good thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by vortrit View Post
    My dad and my uncle have honey bees. Way better than that shit you get at the store.
    hell yea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vortrit View Post
    My dad and my uncle have honey bees. Way better than that shit you get at the store.
    We had honey bees living in a dead tree about half a mile from our lakehouse in Texas, my dad would suit up in his coveralls, tape the sleeves and ankles, tie a tshirt ninja mask on with goggles and go grab us some comb dripping with honey, better than candy...This is the same man who went fishing in an alligator refuge in a rubber raft because he had a theory the gators knew where the best fish were.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion View Post
    We had honey bees living in a dead tree about half a mile from our lakehouse in Texas, my dad would suit up in his coveralls, tape the sleeves and ankles, tie a tshirt ninja mask on with goggles and go grab us some comb dripping with honey, better than candy...This is the same man who went fishing in an alligator refuge in a rubber raft because he had a theory the gators knew where the best fish were.....
    Wow they pretty crazy. They just have hives that they built and then bought the bees. Honeycomb is still awesome though.
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