It’s the end of the line for sulfoxaflor, a pesticide used on a wide variety of produce that has been found to be toxic to honeybees that are crucial to pollination of crops.
The Environmental Protection Agency prohibited further sales and distribution of the chemical, produced by Dow AgroSciences. Growers who have a stock of the pesticide can still apply it, according to the EPA cancelation order.
The action came in response to a September decision in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned EPA’s previous approval of the chemical for use on crops such as citrus, cotton, canola, strawberries, soybeans and wheat.
Sold under the brand names Closer and Transform, sulfoxaflor is an insecticide aimed at piercing and sucking insects such as aphids and lygus.
Dow AgroSciences said concerns about harm to bees could easily have been addressed by the EPA without rescinding permission to use the chemical.