Seed and crop management company, Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, has requested to increase legal levels of thiamethoxam- a pesticide linked to a decline in the pollinator population. According to this notice, Syngenta, one of the largest pesticide manufacturers, wants to increase the allowable threshold 400%. This petition would apply to alfalfa, barley, wheat, and corn.
Scientists claim these pesticides are a major factor in the decline of crop producing (carrying pollen from one crop to another) insects and animals. The Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting pollinators and their ecosystem, state in the last ten years, the US has lost more than half the honeybee colonies. Considering the fact, bees are responsible for more than 75% of food production, this is not a progressive statistic. Syngenta responded to resistance stating, "Growers depend on neonicotinoids and other crop protection products to increase crop productivity.... Syngenta is committed to biodiversity, including thriving pollinators". For current and proposed EPA pesticide and laws and regulations, click here.
This predicament sounds like a "pick your poison, double-edged sword". So, what is the "right" thing to do. I recognize, respect, and encourage industry, but... when others are at the expense.... a long look in the mirror is required. The problem with pesticides is they end up in unwanted areas (water sources and the atmosphere). What about eco-friendly substitutes? Higher taxes for the use of pesticides? What is your take on this dilemma?