Just go over to our friend Jeff Gillman's post at The Garden Professors. He and other scientists seem skeptical that clothianidin is the culprit behind colony collapse disorder, but that doesn't make the EPA's role in allowing this chemical to be widely used without sufficient testing any less reprehensible. And it makes me wonder about their possible negligence in other areas. Please read Jeff's entire post, but here's an excerpt from it that I agree with entirely.
I am extremely unhappy with both Bayer and the EPA in this instance. They didn’t do what they were supposed to do. It’s as simple as that. Tests were supposed to be run to demonstrate that it is unlikely that clothianidin affects bees. This wasn’t done in a reasonable period of time. Period. As long as stuff like this occurs nobody is going to trust the EPA or the chemical manufacturers.
Thanks, Jeff, for responding to a Rant reader's request and weighing in on this!