EPA finds neonicotinoids no benefit to U.S. soybean production
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency released an analysis today confirming that neonicotinoid seed treatments offer little or no increase in economic benefit to U.S. soybean production, compared to using no pest control. Across the U.S. approximately 74 million acres of soybeans are planted from neonicotinoid-treated seeds, to which bees are exposed during planting, as well as in the pollen and nectar of mature plants.
Friends of the Earth food futures campaigner Tiffany Finck-Haynes issued the following statement:
This is a significant analysis. Neonicotinoid pesticides are one of the leading drivers of global bee declines. By confirming that they offer no benefit to U.S. soybean production, the Environmental Protection Agency has no course of action except to suspend all agricultural uses — including seed treatments — to protect pollinators and the planet.