In an effort to combat declining bee populations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced new pesticide labels which prohibit the use of chemicals known as neonicotinoids where bees are present.
Since 2006, researchers have noted a substantial decline in the world’s bee population. Because bees play a vital role in the pollination of fruit and vegetable crops, recent governmental efforts have been undertaken to protect bees.
In a May 2013 joint report, EPA and the Department of Agriculture listed neonicotinoids, parasitic mites, diseases and dramatic weather changes as potential causes for the decline in the bee population. As a result, on August 15, 2013, EPA announced its new pesticide labels directly aimed at limiting the contact bees have with neonicotinoids.
For more information and to read EPA’s press release regarding the new pesticide labels, please see EPA's Website
Written by M. Sean High – Research Fellow
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
August 19, 2013