When bumblebees started dying off by the millions over the past five years, the cause was quickly traced to the use of a kind of pesticide that was apparently never tested on bees – the primary cross pollinating critter on the planet.
Now that the pesticide is in general use, those on a special Oregon investigative task force are reluctant to ban the pesticide because of the economic effects it would have on growers and nursery outlets.
In a a head-scratcher of a story, conservationists are howling mad – some of whom served on the task force who want the group’s report struck down before it gets to the legislature.
Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.