Leaked documents from government researchers cast doubts on the approval process for a potent pesticide that is now suspected as a major factor in the massive die-offs of honeybees across the country.

philpott_harvestTom Philpott in the fieldFarmer and agriculture writer/reporter Tom Philpott first made public the likely connection between the Bayer pesticide, the EPA's flawed approval process, and colony collapse disorder in an article he wrote for Grist early this year. Although it drew fevered attention from bee-keepers and the organic farming world, the problems he described failed to garner much attention from the mainstream media. One reason for that, he speculates, was a prior piece in the New York Times that seemed to close the door on pesticide-related causes of colony collapse.


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