This week’s segments of On the Radio covers the new warning labels that the Environmental Protection Agency has created to help protect bees. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
The Environmental Protection Agency has recently created new warning labels for agricultural pesticides.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The new warning labels aim to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid pesticide products around bees. Neonicotinoid, a chemical related to nicotine, has been linked to honey bee’s Colony Collapse Disorder (CDC.)
Honey bees pollinate many important agricultural crops. They are responsible for more than $15 billion worth of crops each year. Parts of the European Union have enacted a 2-year ban on some neonicotinoids until further research proves that the chemicals are not a threat to the bee population.
Here in the US, the new labels have the full force of the law, granted by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. While it is a step in the right direction to protect honey bees, these warnings are new and the effects are yet to be seen.
To learn more about honey bees, Colony Collapse Disorder, and what you can do in your community, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.