Insecticide temporarily banned by Oregon Dept of Agriculture after Bees die in Wilsonville

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Safari and other dinotefuran insecticides have been banned by the Oregon Department of Agriculture while the state agency investigates the deaths of an estimated 50,000 insects in Wilsonville and Hillsboro.

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

>[…] Dinotefuran is a member of a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids can be broken down into two groups: the nitro-group and the cyano-group. Dinotefuran is a member of the nitro-group, which has been shown to be more poisonous to pollinators.

The European Union issued a temporarily ban earlier this year on three other nitro-group neonicotinoids, which goes into effect this December.

The Washington state Department of Agriculture decided against banning the ornamental use of neonicotinoids earlier this month. Instead, the Washington department will “urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider whether additional use restrictions are needed when the products are applied to ornamental plants.” […]<

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