Environmental activists and everyday people alike rejoiced after a recent announcement that the European Union will back a decision to ban neonicotinoids, but meanwhile here in the United States, a whole different scenario is playing itself out — one that could be catastrophic for the health of bees everywhere.
The EPA, which has come under fire from several environmental and health groups since the Trump Administration began its current run, is now considering a proposal from one of the world’s biggest GMO and pesticide companies to spray its neonicotinoid-class pesticides on millions of acres of crops.
And it’s not just bad news for the bees — it could be a serious issue for your health as well.
Syngenta to Spray 165 Million Acres with Bee Killing Pesticide
According to this report from the website EcoWatch, the pesticide spraying in question could happen if approved by the EPA, which has cozied up to dirty pesticide and GMO industry players like never before.
In the case of Syngenta, the proposed spraying will take place on 165 million acres of crops, including wheat, barely, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice and potatoes.
Not only will Americans be swimming and breathing in a toxic soup of chemicals, but wildlife of all kinds, including the bees that pollinate a huge majority of our most important food crops, will be in serious jeopardy.
“If the EPA grants Syngenta’s wish, it will spur catastrophic declines of aquatic invertebrates and pollinator populations that are already in serious trouble,” said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s environmental health program, according to a press release.
“You know the pesticide-approval process is broken when the EPA announces it will consider expanding the use of this dangerous pesticide on the same day its own scientists reveal that the chemical kills birds and aquatic invertebrates.”
All Levels of This Pesticide are Harmful
According to the press release, the on-field exposures of the Syngenta chemical being considered, called thiamethoxam, are capable of resulting in exposures that exceed the level of concern for acute and chronic risk to adult bees.
Despite that, the agency is still considering expanding their use.
This pesticide is of course in the same class as neonicotinoids, of which 29 independent scientists found “overwhelming evidence” that they are causing declines in bees, birds, earthworms, butterflies an other wildlife.
While the EPA hasn’t made a ruling yet, if recent history is any indication, we could be in serious trouble.
A petition to stop the sprayings or at least reconsider the amount of farmland sprayed is now available on Change.org and is less than 2,000 signatures away from its goal, you can read it and sign it here.
And if you have any friends who are also passionate about this issue be sure to share this information with them (and your local Congressperson for that matter), because this is one fight we can’t afford to lose.