Pesticide makers have found a new way to kill bees

argylesock says… Only a few days ago here in Europe, a temporary ban came into place on three neonics. Clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Now another neonic called sulfoxaflor, made by the chemical and biotech giant Dow AgroSciences, has been approved for use in the States. I don’t yet know whether it’s permitted in Europe. That might change if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) forces European farmers to accept USian rules.


Sulfoxaflor sucks for pollinators.

It’s a new type of neonicotinoid insecticide that was approved by the EPA in May for use on a long list of crops — despite its toxic effects on honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, and other pollinators. 

Environmentalists, beekeepers, and other groups that were already suing the EPA to try to block the sale of other classes of neonic pesticides have launched a new legal effort to overturn the agency’s recent sulfoxaflor ruling. From legal documents filed Monday:

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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