Sierra Club Condemns EPA failure to protect food supply of the American People.

Via on Jan 11, 2012

Sierra Club Press Release 1-10-12

http://www.sierraclub.org/biotech/whatsnew/whatsnew_2012-01-10.asp

Press Release – January 10, 2012

New research should nail the coffin lid shut on a toxic bee-killing pesticide
Entire food chain found to be contaminated, from soil to pollen to dead bees

Contact Laurel Hopwood, 216-371-9779 (EST)Tom Theobald 303-652-2266  (MST)
Neil Carman, PhD. 512-288-5772 / cell 512-663-9594 (CST)

The Sierra Club, with over 1.3 million members and supporters, calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend the registration of the insecticide clothianidin, based on new scientific evidence of extensive contamination in bees and soil.

Last week (January 3, 2012) scientists at Purdue University documented major adverse impacts from clothianidin, used as a seed treatment in corn, on honey bee health.  The results showed clothianidin present in foraging areas long after treated seed has been planted.

The study raises questions about the long term survival of this major pollinator.

“This research should nail the coffin lid shut on clothianidin”, says Laurel Hopwood, Sierra Club’s Chairwoman of the Genetic Engineering Action Team. “Despite numerous attempts by the beekeeping industry and conservation organizations to persuade the EPA to ban clothianidin, the EPA has failed to protect the food supply for the American people.”

Tom Theobald, a founding member of the Boulder County Beekeeper’s Association explains, “In 2010, I got hold of an EPA document revealing that the agency has been allowing the widespread use of this bee-toxic pesticide, against evidence that it’s highly toxic to bees. Clothianidin has failed to meet the requirements for registration. It’s continued use is in violation of the law.”

Upon learning of the EPA’s failures, the National Honey Bee Advisory Board, the American Beekeeping Federation  and The American Honey Producer’s Association urged the agency in a 12/8/2010 letter to cancel the registration of this pesticide. Yet despite the fact that clothianidin had failed a critical life cycle study which was required for registration, the agency responded in a 2/18/2011 letter stating “At this time, we are not aware of any data that reasonably demonstrates that bee colonies are subject to elevated losses due to chronic exposure to this pesticide. EPA does not intend at this time to initiate suspension or cancellation actions against the registered uses of clothianidin. If scientific information shows a particular pesticide is posing unreasonable risk to pollinators, we stand ready to take the necessary regulatory action.”

Neil Carman, PhD, scientific advisor to Sierra Club, is troubled by EPA’s complacency. “A huge shoe has dropped. U.S. researchers have documented major adverse impacts from clothianidin seed treatments in corn on honey bee health.” Carman further explains “Because of the vital role played by honey bees in crop pollination, honey bee demise threatens the production of crops that produce one-third of American diets, including nearly 100 fruits and vegetables. The value of crops pollinated by bees exceeds $15 billion in the U.S. alone.”

Hopwood exclaims, “The time is now for EPA to quit dodging the illusion of oversight and instead, cancel this bee- killing pesticide.  If we travel too far down our current path, we could create conditions in our food system much like those that brought down the financial system.”

Sierra Club Press Release 1-10-12

About Jessica Stone Baker

Jessica was called into her journey as a healer when she was misdiagnosed with a "normal" mammogram in 2007 and later went on to receive a stage three diagnosis of breast cancer in 2010. Jessica believes she received a call from Mother Earth to her dharma with food as medicine while embracing the end of an age on our planet. It is Jessica’s unique dharma to meditate on birth and death during this time on our planet. A cosmic call to ancient healing from her heart, her breast cancer diagnosis came three months into her new marriage and at the start of her newly founded healing arts practice in Boulder, Colorado. Jessica now lives with metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her skeletal system. Jessica is a compassionate practitioner who believes in trusting and listening to the wisdom of your own body. Her bodywork integrates the concepts of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Zen Shiatsu as well as Western concepts of anatomy and body systems to meet the client exactly where they are in the moment. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, she has tremendous respect for the vastness of the Ayurvedic system of medicine. She enjoys the unique learning and awareness that takes place with each client. When not singing Ella Fitzgerald, or Joni Mitchell songs, dreaming in Gospel, practicing yoga, painting watercolors, or performing Kate Bush, Jessica can be found at a local trail head, soaking, or basking in the sunlight, drinking fresh veggie juice while dreaming up ways to ceremoniously embellish the world with cosmic consciousness. Jessica loves to share through offerings of music and vocal inspirations in the light of divine grace in devotion to Jesus. You may learn more about Jessica at http://www.sadhanalove.com or follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/greenbless.

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