August 15, 2013
Federal regulators announced new labeling requirements today for certain pesticides that pose a threat to honey bees.
The class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids will now be prohibited in areas where pollinators are present.
The decision comes three months after a government-backed study pointed to pesticides as one of a handful of causes for colony collapse disorder.
The mysterious disorder results in bees abruptly abandoning a colony and threatens orchards that rely on pollination every year.