A lawsuit has been filed against the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming it is not doing enough to protect the nation’s declining bee population. The suit was brought by a coalition of beekeepers and environmental groups, including the Pesticide Action Network.
Spokesman Paul Towers says the EPA has failed by allowing bee-toxic pesticides in dozens of widely used agricultural products.
Research points to a combination of factors likely to blame for honeybees disappearing, including pesticides and bacterial infections. US beekeepers have been losing about a third of their bees annually, and in 2012, many reported record losses of 40 to 50 percent.