Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Leaked document: EPA knowingly approved bee-killing pesticide

Ethan A. Huff
Natural News

A Colorado beekeeper recently obtained a leaked document revealing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows a popular crop pesticide is killing off honey bees, but has allowed its continued approval anyway. Despite opposition from its own scientists, EPA officials first gave the a-okay to Bayer CropScience's toxic pesticide clothianidin in 1993 based on the company's own flawed safety studies. But now it has been revealed that the EPA knew all along about the dangers of clothianidin and decided to just ignore them.

By now, most people know that honeybees are dying off at an incredibly disturbing rate. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition where bees stray from the hive and never find their way back, is nixing millions of nature's pollinators every year. Previous studies have pinpointed various environmental toxins as the primary culprits, including toxic pesticides like clothianidin (

And the leaked document, which was written by the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, explains clearly that "[c]lothianidin's major risk concern is to nontarget insects (honey bees)" and that "[a]cute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis." The letter was in response to a request from Bayer to have clothianidin approval expanded for use on cotton and mustard in addition to its other approved uses.

So if clothianidin poses a significant threat against honey bees, and the EPA has known about this all along, why was it ever approved in the first place? And if Bayer's original safety studies have been shown to be contradictory to actual science, why has the EPA failed to go after Bayer for falsifying safety data? Apparently those who make the final decisions at the EPA have no actual interest in the truth and would rather cater to corporate interests at the expense of public health.

Several European nations have outlawed the use of clothianidin, including Germany, Francy, Italy and Slovenia. U.S. growers of conventional crops, however, continue to use the dangerous chemical thanks to corrupt EPA officials. And when all the honey bees die and there are no pollinators left to grow food, these same EPA officials will be responsible for the mass murder of millions of people. 

Sources for this story include:

Gulf Oil Disaster EXPOSED: EPA Lies About Air Quality AGAIN

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Anonymous said...

You need any more proof that the corporate government is trying to kill the non-elite. This kind of "sheet" won't stand. This goes way beyond corruption all the way to attempted murder. You better take that way, else you're a gonner.

Anonymous said...

This is a good example of the problem of the failure of regulators to regulate. Why do we pay for regulation of corporations when they corporations control congress, the media and have more lawyers than God?

Years ago I came across an EPA site on water pollution. You could use their maps and research to see if you were being poisoned. The theory was that maybe public opinion could prevail where regulation had failed because the EPA didn't have enough power to enforce compliance.

Great example of the problem of government not working for the greater good but being subordinated to corporations. Especially in this case, I don't think Bayer is even a predominately American corporation. Great that the Supreme Court thinks multinational corporations need unlimited voice.

Anonymous said...

how the hell ya like the nwo boys you know there is to maney people on the planet just ask g20 they will tell ya middle class will be slaves and if you dont you will be eliminated along with the poor obama told them 100 million could die from the bp oil gusser and i didnt hear there reply but i could imagine what the world bankers told him

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous on January 5, 2011 @ 2:24 PM....... WHAT???? What are you on?? I can't even make sense of what you are trying to say. Just wondering.... Have a good day!

Anonymous said...

Bayer was a nazi company during (and after?) WW2.
They are soul-less. look up 'drugs company aids scandal' on utube. The FDA allowed them to resell known AIDS infected meds to other countries after recalling it in the usa. no lie. look up the clip. Its from Morning Joe. Mainstream media. NYTimes reported on it too.

Anonymous said...

So what are you doing about this. Our food supply is done.

Anonymous said...

Few Americans want to be bothered to think about consequences, isn"t that what we pay our government science to do? Isn't it the Presidents job to make sure the employees do their jobs? God will save America becaause we are the worlds' greatest people, didn't we put men on the moon?

Anonymous said...

Here are a few excerpts from the response EPA made Feb. 18, 2011 over 2 months later to accusations that clothianidin was illegally registered:

"During the clothianidin registration process, hundreds of studies were reviewed and evaluated. " ---Has anyone seen these?

"EPA has made the best use of existing data" ---Or have they simply looked only at data that supported Bayers profits?

"Clothianidin generally poses less risk to agricultural workers and fish and wildlife when compared to the organophosphate insecticide alternatives. " ---Oh, great! And here we were worried that clothianidin was a problem when all along it was a godsend!

"...current labels for clothianidin products used as foliar treatments include bee hazard statements that prohibit applications when plants are flowering and bees are in the area. " ---THE ISSUE IS SYSTEMIC PESTICIDES!!!! THE ISSUE IS PLANTS THAT CONTAIN CLOTHIANIDIN IN ALL PLANT PARTS INCLUDING GUTTATION FLUIDS.

There is no polite term for the way the EPA has tried to avoid facing this issue. Under Section 13 of the Federal Insecticie, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) they are fully authorized to issue a "stop sale, use and removal order" based on :

Special Considerations
SSUROs may be issued any time a pesticide is in violation of the
Act. SSUROs, however, are generally reserved for situations
involving a potential hazard to health or the environment. A
< Can be expeditiously issued on the basis of a “reason to
believe” a hazard exists

Well.....I have a reason to believe a hazard exists and many other beekeepers, scientists, parents of children, plain ordinary American citizens AND citizens of countries all over the world also believe a hazard exists.

Anonymous said...

Eventually these chemical and drug companies will release something that will directly kill all of us, if they continue along this path of profits first and foremost. It's all just the short sighted drive for money, influence and the desire for some bureaucrats to keep their jobs. Most people are cowards and are afraid to speak up and oppose bad things, especially in these top down pyramid bureaucracies.

Anonymous said...

Illegal here in this part of Canada not sure about other parts of the country.
But if should be banned in USA
Countries around the world have been banning that stuff since the 70's it is a well known substance that should no longer be in use.
USA EPA does not work for the people.
EPA said the air was clean on day 2 of the 911 event.
They have clearly shown themselves to be apart of the problem

Anonymous said...

Take a HINT from the uprisings in the arab world...they have had ENOUGH! And guess what americans SO SHOULD YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH. What more do you need to know. The Criminal Bailout ROBBERY, the 9/11 INSIDE JOB (it WAS you know...maybe you still have your eyes closed and DON'T know - well OPEN THEM)the way the government handled Katrina, and now the POISONING of the GULF,,,WAKE UP AMERICANS, Obama was NO CHANGE...this system is BROKEN...Pay attention to the FOREFATHERS. They are WATCHING!! WAKE UP!!

Anonymous said...

Folks, this pesticide theory is OLD NEWS. Current information shows NO PESTICIDE in the hives of absconded bees.

What they are finding is that bees have almost no immunity to common bee-diseases. When the hives are mixed together during mass polination events like the almond polination in California, they tend to spread their diseases among each hive, destroying millions of bees. It is monoculture agriculture that appears to be the culprit, where bees must be trucked in by the millions to polinate a crop planted across 60,000 acres. Since there are no other food sources this monoculture would not support bees naturally because there are blooms for 3 weeks out of the year. Thus all bees both foreign and domestic are trucked across the nation and the ocean and they are in contact with other bees at that time.

For more information contact the University of Illinois Champaign entimology department.

Anonymous said...

Send every EPA member who was in any way involved with this to PRISON.

Anonymous said...

However....that does not explain bee losses in remote locations or among hives that have no involvement whatsoever in the pollination business. We are talking about 40 - 60% ANNUAL loss of bee hives among beekeepers who basically keep bees in their own backyards.

Until there is legitimate science saying one way or the other what is going on why the heck take chances? Why assume that if honey bees and bumble bees and bats and birds are taking losses that the almighty human is unaffected?

No one has the answer at this point. But there ARE studies showing pesitcide residuals in hives - keep looking if you don't think so.

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