Breaking news: 50,000 Bumblebees DEAD

Image“largest documented die-off of bumblebees”

As the estimate of dead bees rose to 50,000, the Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed the insecticide Safari caused the deaths in a Wilsonville earlier this week. A landscaping company sprayed 55 linden trees in a Target parking lot to control for aphids.

Safari’s main ingredient is dinotefuran, a neonicotinoid.

News Story here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/pesticide_confirmed_in_bee_dea.html#/0

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/state_agency_temporarily_bans.html

Photo essay here:

http://photos.oregonlive.com/photo-essay/2013/06/dead_bumble_bees_prompt_invest.html

“Because neonicotinoids are long-lasting in plant tissues and can be found in flower nectar and pollen, and because they have been implicated in the global decline of honey bees, there have been growing concerns about their safety for pollinators.”

more here: http://www.xerces.org/2013/06/27/scientists-call-for-an-end-to-cosmetic-insecticide-use-after-the-largest-bumble-bee-poisoning-on-record/

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