Beekeepers, National Honey Bee Advisory Board Suing the EPA Over Pestcides

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You've heard the story of the birds and the bees -- if not, we don't know what to tell you.

Hopefully, you picked up on the innuendo: bees like to fly around and pollinate everything. Get the parallel?

Pollination is necessary for fertilizing many of the crops that we eat: almonds, quince, lemon, lime -- the list goes on and on.

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Bees have been under intense pressure for the majority of the last decade with the onslaught of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). While the exact causes for CCD are uncertain, there have been several links to a group of commonly used pesticides classified as neonicotinoids.

After years of losing bees, beekeepers have teamed up with environmental groups to fight back with lawsuits filed against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In May, the EPA granted unconditional registrations for the new active ingredient sulfoxaflor, a chemical that falls under the classification of neonicotinoids.

National beekeeping organizations and the National Honey Bee Advisory Board are suing the EPA for its approval of the newly approved pesticide. They believe it is deadly to honey bees.

The plaintiffs in the case, the National Pollinator Defense Fund, American Honey Producers Association, National Honey Bee Advisory Board, the American Beekeeping Federation, and beekeepers Bret Adee, Jeff Anderson and Thomas R. Smith, have filed an appeal against the EPA in US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, petitioning for changes in the sulfoxaflor label, the Biological Economic Assessment Division of importance of pollinators and their nature, and the EPA's risk assessment process.

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