Small Victories

Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical U.S., first sought approval for a chemical named sulfoxaflor in 2010. Sulfoxaflor, a neonicotinoid subclass, was used in two of its products under the names of Transform and Closer. (I would have loved to have been around that boardroom table when those names were discussed) Happily for all beekeepers and sadly for Dow, the appeals court (San Francisco) ruled in that the EPA relied on “flawed and limited data” and that approval was not supported by “substantial evidence”. “Its a complete victory for beekeepers we represent,” said a lawyer for the American Honey Producers Association, the American Beekeepers Federation and other plaintiffs in the case. The general population that eats honey are also quite chuffed!   (Source: Reuters)



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