“We’re very close to the breaking point of what’s enough and what’s not enough. Honey bees are not healthy.”
- Jerry Hayes, President, Apiary Inspectors of America
“Our lawsuit is to uncover critical information that the U. S. government is withholding about the risks posed by nicotine-based pesticides to honey bees. EPA should be evaluating the risks to bees before approving new pesticides, but now refuses to tell the public what it knows.”
- Aaron Colangelo, NRDC Sr. AttorneyAugust 31, 2008 Gainesville, Florida - It was 18 months ago in February 2007 at Earthfiles that I reported my first interviews with Penn State and University of Pennsylvania scientists about honey bee disappearances that came to be known as “Colony Collapse Disorder,” or CCD. [ See: 022307 Earthfiles.] I also interviewed David Hackenberg, a beekeeper from Pennsylvania, about his massive disappearance of honey bees. That fall of 2006, Dave Hackenberg lost 60% of his bee colonies; in 2007 he lost 80% of his bees and went into debt to stay in business. He told me, “I am trying to stay as far away from all those nicotine-based chemicals as I can.” He had become convinced that those pesticides (such as Imidicloprid and Clothianidin) were the main problem in the disappearance of his bees.
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