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Source: Examiner.com

Scotts to remove chemicals harmful to bees


Posted: April 15, 2016
Originally Published: April 13, 2016

Scotts Miracle Gro Co. has announced it will begin phasing out neonictinoid chemicals harmful to bees from its Ortho brand by next year. These include imidacloprid, clothianidn and dinotefuran, known for interfering with bees’ abilities to forage and navigate. Five more of these poisons, also linked to the collapse of bee colonies across North America will also be eliminated by 2021. In addition, the company will join in a multi-year partnership with the national advocacy group Pollinator Stewardship Council. This would include efforts to get government regulators to allow product labeling that makes it clear to the public which products contain the chemicals,which are also used on both food and textile crops, such as corn and cotton, as well as backyard gardens.

“This decision comes after careful consideration regarding the range of possible threats to honey bees,” stated Tim Martin, general manager of Ortho/ “While agencies in the United States are still evaluating the overall impact of neonics on pollinator populations, it is time for us to move on.”

The news has been especially welcomed by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, based in Farmingdale, NY.

“We have been trying to get the Department of Environmental Conservation to ban imidacloprid, the 2nd most common pesticide found in Long Island groundwater, for a long time, noted the group’s executive director Adrienne Esposito.

In the meantime, BayerCropScience and Syngenta, the top manufacturers of neonic chemicals issued statements claiming that the research involving their products has “exaggerated the risks and understated their benefits.”