Since the mid-2000's, the die-off of domesticated bees has been so dramatic that the bee researchers coined a new phrase: Colony Collapse Disorder. What makes these die-offs different is that frequently the bees just vanish. One beekeeper calls this the Perfect Crime: no bodies, no murder weapon, no bees.
In an interview, attorney Greg Loarie discusses his work to get a toxic pesticide known as sulfoxaflor off the market, due to threats it poses to honeybees. Over the last few years, honeybees, which pollinate billions of dollars of U.S. crops annually, have been dying at unprecedented rates. Studies suggest that toxic pesticides like sulfoxaflor may be partly to blame.
The article by Bryan Walsh addresses a disastrous phenomenon that could tumble the basis of our food system: the widespread collapse of honeybee colonies nationwide known as "colony collapse disorder."
National Beekeeping organizations are represented by Earthjustice, in an appeal against EPA for its approval of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor, shown to be “highly toxic” to honey bees, and other insect pollinators.