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As scientists race to pinpoint the cause of the global collapse of honey bee populations that pollinate a third of the worldâ€™s crops, environmental groups have indentified one culprit: US authorities who continue to approve pesticides implicated in the apian apocalypse.
Case in point: The US Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s (EPA) conditional approval in May of sulfoxaflor, a type of agricultural pesticide known as a neonicotinoid. The European Union has banned neonicotinoids for two years in response to scientific studies linking their use to the sudden death of entire beehives, a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Over the past six years, CCD has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives worth $2 billion. Bee colonies in the US are so decimated that it takes 60% of the nationâ€™s bee population to pollinate a single crop, California almonds. And thatâ€™s not just a local problem; California supplies 80% of the worldâ€™s almonds.
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