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EPA: No Single Cause For Colony Collapse Disorder 129

Posted by Soulskill
from the couldn't-bee-easy dept.
alphatel writes "Citing a wide range of symptoms, a federal report (PDF) released yesterday has concluded that no single event, pesticide or virus can be held responsible for CCD in North American bee colonies. Meanwhile, Europe has moved towards banning neocotinids for two years. EPA's Jim Jones stated, 'There are non-trivial costs to society if we get this wrong. There are meaningful benefits from these pesticides to farmers and to consumers, as well as for affordable food.' May R. Berenbaum, head of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a participant in the study, said, 'There is no quick fix. Patching one hole in a boat that leaks everywhere is not going to keep it from sinking.'"
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EPA: No Single Cause For Colony Collapse Disorder

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  • by devent (1627873) on Friday May 03, 2013 @08:35PM (#43626241) Homepage

    I really like how this really shows the difference between policy making in the US and the EU:
    EU: maybe those pesticides are really hurting the bees, so we going to ban them for 2 years and see if it's help.
    US: there are many stuff that hurts bees, but behind the pesticides are big cooperations so we rather do nothing.

    "non-trivial costs to society" meaning the big cooperation don't like to take the hit on profits if there is a ban.

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