For the past six years, the population of bees have declined steadily by an average of 30% per year. This disturbing trend spells doom to not just beekeepers, but agriculture as a whole; which has led to a petition by beekeepers and four environmental groups for the EPA to withdraw clothiandin from the market as the neonicotinoid have been found to kill bees. In 2007, Bayer, manufacturers of clothiandin submitted its study on the pesticide's effects on pollinators, four years after the company was ordered to do so. EPA scientists found the study to be inadequate but the EPA allowed the use of clothiandin, saying it would make further studies, which could take years. So the beekeepers are asking for the suspension of the pesticide until the studies are concluded. Recent studies by Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation have found that plants absorb the chemical and it is present in pollen or nectar which is lethal to foraging insects and pollinators.
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