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EPA DETERMINES THREE WIDELY USED INSECTICIDES ARE HARMFUL TO SEVERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES
Source: National Sorghum Producers

Three widely-used insecticides are "likely to adversely affect" the majority of threatened and endangered species, according to a recent analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The chemicals analyzed are the neonicotinoids clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, which are widely used on crops, turfs, ornamentals and as seed treatments.

According to EPA, they adversely affect 67 percent to 79 percent of endangered species and 56 percent to 83 percent of critical habitats, depending on the chemical. The EPA found that nearly half a dozen bee species have been adversely affected by the use of the chemicals.

The determinations illustrate an ongoing conflict within the Administration between the need to augment U.S. food production to stave off a global food crisis and the goals of an environmental activist agenda.

Read more here.

National Sorghum Producers continues to engage with EPA working to ensure growers continue to have access to the necessary tools to produce both sustainably and abundantly.


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