Online Petition Aims to Stop Colony Collapse Disorder in Bees

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 ( 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. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.