It’s a very long and very technical report on honeybee decline but you can read it at the news release section of January 16, 2013, from the EFSA web site EFSA = European Food Safety Association. Their general bee info is here
Today, the CFS called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow the cue of the EFSA and immediately suspend the most dangerous outdoor uses of several pollinator-endangering insecticides. Based on a just released series of reports by EFSA, the main neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and imidacloprid are shown to present both acute and chronic risks to the survival of honey bees … Previously, CFS has urged EPA to suspend use of these insecticides barring more extended research on their damaging effects. Today, CFS called for the agency to consider EFSA’s finding and suspend their use until the health, safety, and environmental questions raised by the EPSA research are fully answered.
In short form, this stuff kills bees. Some European countries have banned it previously and now a general ban is being put in place across the European Union.
The US EPA says these chemicals aren’t a problem because there is no scientific evidence that the chemicals kill bees. The European scientists did the research – acknowledge the problems with it (incomplete data in some trials) but point out the very real effects of these popular products on bees.
You can sign a petition to ask the EPA for immediate suspension of clothianidin at web site www.credoaction.com.