There were many alarming details provided such as the EPA does not consider the honeybee a important part of agriculture, with this written policy “The honeybee is not essential.” Apparently they are not aware that the honeybee contributes 20-30 BILLION dollars to the US economy annually.
The honeybee serves as the canary in the coal mine. Because the honeybee is managed by man daily, it is possible to see the alarming effects that neonicotinoids are having directly on honeybees. Not unlike the near loss of the American Bald Eagle in the 1970’s caused by the insecticide DDT through a chain reaction which created egg shells too brittle preventing birth of new birds, the systemic insecticide Neonicotinoids is a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine.
Another alarming failure was how the EPA classifies a plant seed. To you and I a seed is a seed and should be defined as such, however the EPA says once a seed is sprayed with a Neonicotinoid it is ho longer a seed, but instead it is a device and no longer is considered a seed or food source and therefore does not require monitoring. What lawyers engineered these God powers to make a seed not a seed? It is simply a seed treated with a pesticide in the most common language.
While farmers are legally required under federal guidelines to notify beekeepers and apiaries 48 hours prior to spraying within two miles of managed beehive the law is not widely known and therefore no attempts are made. Further, efforts to provide unlimited exceptions to the notification requirement remove all responsibility from farmers. What is worse is that there is only voluntary participation by the sprayer. There is only one state in the US that even has an apiary registry available for farmers to use as reference.
For more information their website is http://pollinatorstewardship.org