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Neonicotinoid pesticides like clothianidin may be killing our honey bees off by the billions, destroying a key species and endangering our food supply in the process.
European countries, including France, Italy, Germany (the home country of clothianidin manufacturer, Bayer CropScience) and Slovenia have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are beginning to recover.
The scientific study (by Bayer, the manufacturer of said pesticide) used to justify the approval of clothianidin in 2010 was found lacking by our own EPA scientists but the EPA wants to wait until 2018 to review the safety of this suspiciously approved pesticide.
One thing you can do to take action is to urge the EPA to immediately ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and insecticide-producing genetically engineered crops until and unless new independent scientific studies can prove they are truly safe.