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EPA to Extend Use of Pesticide Harmful to Honeybees

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Worker honeybees (Apis mellifera) store honey inside a healthy hive, not impaired by toxic pesticides.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to extend the agricultural use of neonicotinoids on U.S. food crops, pesticides known to harm pollinating insects, especially honey bees. We hear from an expert with the Center for Biological Diversity which seeks to ban the substance, and is encouraging the public to contact federal and state representatives.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.