[permaculture] Fwd: Seeds coated in neonics? Bad news for bees.

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 10:55:04 EDT 2015

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From: Pesticide Action Network North America <subscribe at panna.org>
Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 9:02 AM
Subject: Seeds coated in neonics? Bad news for bees.
To: lflj at bellsouth.net

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EPA, don’t ignore this big threat to bees
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Bees need help

Tell EPA to include neonic-treated seeds in its pollinator protection plan.
Speak up before the comment period closes on June 29!

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Dear Lawrence,

Federal agencies are finally doing something to help protect pollinators —
but that “something” is not nearly enough.

EPA’s latest plan does narrowly address use of neonicotinoids (neonics) and
other bee-harming pesticides, but it entirely overlooks the most common
application of these chemicals: seed coatings. Tell the agency to step it

*Tackle this head on, EPA »
Coating seed with neonics is a common practice that leads to widespread
pollinator exposure. Because neonics are systemic pesticides, they're taken
up through the seed and spread throughout all parts of a plant — including
to pollen and nectar. Bad news for bees!

Each year, neonic-treated seeds are planted on about 200 million acres of
farmland in the U.S. — including almost all of the corn and more than half
of soybeans. Many other seeds, including canola, are also coated. Yet seed
treatments aren’t technically considered a “pesticide use” by EPA, so
they’re letting it slide.

EPA’s proposed plan only addresses foliar applications (pesticides directly
sprayed on a plant) when certain plants are in bloom, and when commercial
honeybees are being used to pollinate these crops.

*Bees need real help! »
The science is clear: neonics are a key contributing factor to declining
pollinator populations, and seed treatments are a primary route of
exposure. Tell EPA to get in gear, and take meaningful action on
neonic-treated seeds! And fast.

Thank you for keeping this issue front and center.

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Lawrence F. London
lfljvenaura at gmail.com

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