EPA finally taking baby step to save bees

According to a report by  mcclatchydc.com, a Washington DC online watchdog, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  announced last week that it is developing new labels that prohibit the use of some pesticide products (neonicotinoids) where bees are likely to be located.

The labels will have a bee advisory box and an icon. Pesticides containing neonicotinoids will also require information on exposure and projected spray drift.

The EPA announcement was made the day after the Pesticide Research Institute issued an investigative report that found 7 of 13 types of garden plants purchased at top retailers contained neurotoxic pesticides harmful to bees and other pollinators.

Researchers checked at major garden centers in Washington DC, the San Francisco Bay area and Minneapolis, and found neonicotinoids in more than half of bedding plants, tomatoes and squash.

Loss of bee colonies has been increasing steadily since the phrase Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) was coined in 2006. In the past year, the U.S. alone lost more than one-third of its bees.