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As Bees Die Off, the EPA Shuffles its Feet

Despite taking some steps to start limiting neonicotinoid use on some crops, the EPA is doing a disservice by not looking at the impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments on pollinators. According to Civil Eats, "As concern has grown over neonicotinoids’ adverse impacts on bees, the EPA has taken steps to limit their use when plants are blooming and bees are present. But these measures don’t apply to seed treatments." Recently a number of farmers have even filed suit against the EPA over their failure to properly regulate neonicotinoid seed treatments.

POLLINATOR PROBLEMS: Over the 2015 to 2016 winter, nearly 30 percent of U.S. bee colonies were lost — an increase of nearly 6 percent compared to the previous winter. If you're wondering why bees are so important, when one Whole Foods store removed all produce from plants dependent on pollinators, it ended up pulling 52 percent of its produce offerings from store shelves.
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