Going to court on behalf of the bees

A big part of the battle to save bees and improve the environment for all of us is taking place, not in the fields and around the hives, but in the nation’s courtrooms.

One of those battles is being fought by an outfit named describes itself as

. . . the nation’s premiere environmental law organization, built on the belief that we all have the right to a healthy environment. Since our founding in 1971, we’ve defended that right by using the power of the law to fight for the earth and its inhabitants.

With nearly 100 lawyers on its staff, EarthJustice works in three areas:

One of the suits that EarthJustice is working on now is trying to get the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back its approval of the “pesticide Sulfoxaflor, shown to be “highly toxic” to honey bees, and other insect pollinators. Sulfoxaflor is a new chemistry, and the first of a newly assigned sub-class of pesticides in the “neonicotinoid” class of pesticides, which scientists across the globe have linked as a potential factor to widespread and massive bee colony collapse.” You can read more about this suit on this page on EarthJustice’s website.

EarthJustice has extensive information about bees and other environmental challenges. The graphic below is the first of a series of five (the others are reproduced at the end of this post) about the current status of bees in the environment.

final-section1 is worth a long look.

If you want to support EarthJustice financially, you can do so at this page on the site.

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Key words: EarthJustice, Environmental Protection Agency, Sulfoxaflorenvironmental justice, pesticides, bees and pesticides, court battles over EPA pesticide approval, neonicotinoids, neonics, honeybees, pollination, protecting pollinators, suits against the EPA

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