Seed treatments affect over 200 million acres of agricultural land every year and probably a similar urban and suburban acreage. Instead of revisiting its failed decision making the EPA chooses to defend those decisions in court. At least for life forms at the lower end of the food chain, the massive environmental poisoning with neonicotinoids is a disaster that goes virtually unregulated. While 90% of the usage is as a seed treatment, and while only 5 to 10% of that seed treatment is actually absorbed by the plants, the EPA determines that this is not a pesticide use under the “treated articles exemption.” In other words 80% of the use is unregulated.
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