The EPA found a way to allow the use of a pesticide harmful to bees, again

By Zoë Schlanger


Sulfoxaflor impairs bees’ ability to reproduce.The US government is allowing the use of an insecticide linked to declines in bees on two crops that attract bees.

The insecticide, made by Dow AgroSciences, is not approved for general use on crops that attract bees because of concerns about its effect on vulnerable bee populations. But the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted exceptions to that rule.

This month, the EPA issued an “emergency exemption” for the insecticide sulfoxaflor for the fourth year in a row. This time, it permits farmers to spray sul….


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