Groups are mounting pressure on the EPA for an immediate ban of the pesticide Clothiandin, used on GM crops, as it has been found to be highly toxic to honey bees. Researchers found that bees are exposed to about 700,000 times the lethal dosage of Clothiandin during their foraging period. Also, Clothiandin was found in dead bees near hives and in pollen stored inside the hives. The use of this pesticide explains why the population of honey bee colonies have been decreasing by 30% annually since 2006 in what has been termed the Colony Collapse Disorder. The continuous use of Clothiandin poses huge threat to the survival of these major pollinators and food production as a whole.
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