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Pesticide Ruling Raises Questions About Label Guidelines

A bee-keeping group says pesticide labels carry inaccurate information to protect bees. Credit: Deborah C. Smith
A bee-keeping group says pesticide labels carry inaccurate information to protect bees. Credit: Deborah C. Smith
September 14, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Pollinator Stewardship Council program director Michele Colopy. She says current guidelines for most pesticides don't protect bees and other insect pollinators.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made big news when it said the Environmental Protection Agency was wrong to approve a pesticide, sulfoxaflor, that kills bees.

While the decision is being sorted out, Michele Colopy, program director with the Pollinator Stewardship Council, says she hopes the ruling brings closer scrutiny of pesticide labeling.

The court mentioned the label, and she says the guidelines that advise application before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m., and above 55 degrees, are common, but to protect pollinators, those guidelines need to be rewritten.

"These are wrong statements about bees," says Colopy. "Bees will forage from sunrise to sunset and they will fly, especially native pollinators, as low as 42 degrees."

Colopy adds that with Daylight Saving Time, sunset can be after 9 p.m. in some states, and daylight can begin as early as 5:30 a.m.

The label wording also says beekeepers within a one-mile radius should be advised before an application, yet Colopy says bees have ranges of up to three miles when out looking for food.

"Farmers are being given bad information on these labels about the life of a bee," says Colopy.

The court ruled that the EPA did follow its own guidelines in registering the pesticide. The manufacturer has options, such as filing an appeal to the full court for a review, or re-applying for registration with the EPA.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID