I’m an attorney for the beekeeping industry who just got a pesticide linked to Colony Collapse Disorder pulled off store shelves in the U.S. Ask me anything!
I was the lead attorney on a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor. Neonicotinoid pesticides like sulfoxaflor, which are derived from nicotine, have been shown to reduce bee colony growth and impact bee navigation and foraging. Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the EPA should not have approved sulfoxaflor without reliable studies on how it impacts honeybee colonies, meaning the pesticide can’t be used on any crops in the U.S. unless Dow Chemical provides the EPA with much stronger scientific evidence. The courts almost never overturn the approval of a pesticide, so this is a huge victory for American beekeepers.
I work for Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm that protects wild lands and wildlife and advocates for renewable energy and human communities free from pollution. My focus is on endangered species in the Sierra Nevada, and my past clients include frogs, toads, snakes, fish and other esteemed residents of the Golden State.
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EDIT: Thanks again reddit! I've got to sign off, but I've really enjoyed answering your questions. You can learn more about Earthjustice's work on pesticides here: http://earthjustice.org/healthy-communities/toxic-chemicals