A third generation backyard gardener from Virginia is urging the EPA to ban the sale of a class of Bayer insecticides. Susan Mariner says the EPA needs to step up to protect the environment and the bees that provide essential pollination for much of the nation’s food. She says three separate studies have added weight to evidence that shows the widespread use of nicotine-based insecticides – called neonicotinoids – is linked to Colony Collapse Disorder. Mariner has a petition on the website change dot org (www.change.org) and currently has more than 87-thousand signatures. There she states that the EPA’s registration of Bayer’s neonicotinoids was primarily based on a study funded by Bayer. According to Mariner – that study has been discredited by EPA’s own scientists. She’s encouraging EPA to act to end the sale of these insecticides.
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