Perhaps whats most disturbing about this debacle is how much faith everyone here has placed into the EPA. This angelic government agency sent to protect us all. Ignoring the fact that the institution, like all government institutions, are inherently designed to encourage bribery, fraud, extortion, and every flavor of crony capitalism you can think of.
The document, which was leaked to a Colorado beekeeper, shows that the EPA has ignored warnings about the use of clothianidin, a pesticide produced by Bayer that mainly is used to pre-treat corn seeds. The pesticide scooped up $262 million in sales in 2009 by farmers, who also use the substance on canola, soy, sugar beets, sunflowers, and wheat, according to Grist.
The leaked document (.PDF) was put out in response to Bayer’s request to approve use of the pesticide on cotton and mustard. The document invalidates a prior Bayer study that justified the registration of clothianidin on the basis of its safety to honeybees
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