USDA silencing researchers who try to warn about pesticides harming pollinators… Every agency silences its own scientists!

Thursday, April 28, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: David Gutierrez
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Evidence continues to emerge that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mounted a sustained campaign of harassment and intimidation against its own scientists, in an effort to suppress data the agency considers politically problematic – particularly that which implicates pesticides in the collapse of pollinator populations.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has filed a lawsuit against the agency, alleging that the USDA ordered its researchers to water-down their findings or retract their published studies, as well as indefinitely delaying the publication of research, and retaliating against those that do not toe the party line. The suit cites 10 separate scientists targeted for such harassment; four of them were researching pollinators.

Protecting the pesticide industry

The poster child for the unfolding scandal is bee scientist Jonathan Lundgren, a highly respected scientist who the USDA actually named Outstanding Early Career Research Scientist in 2011. In 2014, Lundgren began publicly speaking out about research into the environmental dangers of the pesticide class known as neonicotinoids.

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