Honeybees face extinction as Big Biotech blocks protections, leaving pollinator insects vulnerable to deadly pesticides
According to the FoE report, the pesticide industry continues to manipulate the regulatory process, using its immense power and influence to weaken what would otherwise evolve into strict rules governing the use of pesticides that harm bee populations. Instead, what we’re seeing are gaping regulatory holes that allow pesticide companies to continue spreading their poisons with blessings from the state.
Meanwhile, the EPA has recoiled from its mission of being “committed … to protecting bees and reversing bee loss” as it continues to allow dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides — “neonics,” as they are often called, are a leading cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) — to be sold commercially, as well as used in and near crop fields frequented by the very pollinators necessary for this acreage to produce yields.
“Bees and other pollinators are essential to our food system and environment — responsible for pollinating 80 percent of all flowering plants and one in three bites of the food we eat,” explains FoE. “[T]he pesticide industry’s multilayered public relations and lobbying campaigns have effectively clipped the wings of pollinator protection reforms — placing industry profits above the interests of the public, food security and our environmental future.”