EPA Launches Protection Team to Explore Bee Deaths

posted Jul 10, 2009, 8:51 PM by CVB Admin   [ updated Jul 10, 2009, 8:58 PM ]
        The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formed a pollinator protection team to expand the agency's inquiry into the possible causes of declines in pollinators, especially honey bee populations in the U.S. The new multidisciplinary team will address the potential risks that pesticides may contribute to what is known as colony collapse disorder.  Although the role that pesticides play in the phenomenon has not been scientifically established, the team will explore possible approaches, tools, and resources for reducing the potential risks of pesticides to pollinators.  EPA has been working on multiple fronts to protect honey bees through regulatory, voluntary, and research programs. However, since colony collapse disorder first focused attention on honey bee declines beginning in 2006, the agency has been reassessing its approach to pollinator protection.  More information:  Pollinator Protection | Pesticides | US EPA

Credit: The “On The Horizon” newsletter from the Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer’s office.