USDA scientist subjected to aggressive retaliation for reporting scientific truth on pesticides and honeybees

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: David Gutierrez
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

One of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) top bee scientists has filed a federal whistleblower complaint, alleging that the USDA has harassed him in retaliation for his work, which shows that neonicotinoid insecticides harm pollinators.

“Once he started publishing this work, he went from golden boy to pariah,” said Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which is representing the scientist.

Neonicotinoids are among the world’s most widely used insecticides. They are applied to seeds before planting, and the poison is then taken up into every tissue of the plant, including the pollen, nectar and seeds. They therefore harm any animal that visits the plant.

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