Environmentalists sue DPR for approving honeybee-killing pesticides

Environmentalists sue DPR for approving honeybee-killing pesticides

Three environmental & food safety nonprofits have filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), alleging that the department approved some new pesticides without ensuring that the pesticides are safe.

In the documents filed in a California Superior Court, the Pesticide Action Network North America, Beyond Pesticides, and the Center for Food Safety argued that the pesticides approved by DPR would hurt honeybee populations.

Previous studies have held insecticides and pesticides responsible for the massive die-off of honeybees, which is also called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in California and other states.

The declining numbers of honeybees is threatening pollination of crops throughout the world, pushing agricultural and environment to the verge of crisis.

Researchers believe that neonicotinoids, which were developed in the 1990s to boost yields of crops like corn, cause some type of unknown biological mechanism in honeybees that eventually leads to CCD, which has killed tens of millions of bees in the U. S. over the past decade.

According to a study conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, more than 10 million beehives, having an average value of $200 each, have lost since 2006.

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