A federal appeals court blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees, which have mysteriously disappeared across the country in recent years. In 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately study the use of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor before approving it for use on a wide variety of crops. Sulfpxaflor is highly toxic to honeybees and EPA was required to get further tests done according to the Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder. Given the dangerous situation of the bee populations this placed a higher risk and environmental harm, A new study deems this pesticide dangerous to bees, although there is not a clear definitive causation of Colony Collapse Disorder, these pesticide family are considered key.
Sulfoxaflor is part of a group of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, according to the 9th Circuit ruling. Neonicotinoids are suspected of being one of the many factors contributing to the collapse of honey bee colonies throughout the United States. Honeybees, are needed to pollinate crops and they are considered essential to the United States food supply. This disorder has caused as much as one-third of the nation’s bees to disappear each winter since for the last decade. A 2013 report issued by the EPA and United States Department of Agriculture cited poor nutrition, parasitic mites, multiple viruses, bacteria, genetics, habitat loss and pesticides as factors for the bees’ disappearance. The unconditional registration by the EPA’s was overturned by the 9th Circuit and they ordered it to get additional studies and data about the pesticide’s effect on bees.