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Local beekeeper Tom Theobald talks honeybee woes, EPA excuses, and the future of agriculture.


A year ago this month, Niwot beekeeper Tom Theobald attracted the attention of EPA higher-ups when he challenged the agency’s approval of clothianidin, a neurotoxic pesticide that was determined—by the EPA itself, no less—to have toxic effects on the honeybee. Today, eight months after EPA scientists reviewed the original study, Theobald’s warnings are still being ignored: Clothianidin is still on the market, and Colorado’s bee population is still vanishing at an alarming rate.

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