Prevarication, US Style
A recent statement by the EPA makes it clear that business will continue as usual and that there will be no restrictions placed on the use of neonicotinoids by US farmers despite continuing losses of bee populations and the recent decision of the European Commission.
A Labyrinth of Causes
It is unlikely that a single cause is solely responsible for this catastrophic loss of honeybees in North America, Europe and elsewhere. What is clear however, is that regardless of Francis Bacon’s enjoinder 400 years ago that we should force nature’s secrets and extract her hidden bounties using whatever means human ingenuity can devise, there are limits that cannot be transgressed without serious, unexpected and often devastating consequences.
Vincent Di Stefano D.O., M.H.Sc.