In the wake of a massive US Department of Agriculture report highlighting the continuing large-scale death of honeybees, environmental groups are left wondering why the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to approve a "highly toxic" new pesticide.
US honey bees have been dying by the tens of millions, with annual death rates of about 30 percent. With fewer bees to pollinate fruits and vegetables each year, 'beemageddon' may soon cause the collapse of the agriculture industry.
A non-steroidal drug long banned in the US and the EU was found in latest testing in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. The equine carcasses contained only 0.5 per cent phenylbutazone, posing no health risks to humans, officials claim.