Lawsuit threatens use of seed treatments

Environmental groups allege dust from coated seeds has harmed environment, including honeybees and birds.

A number of commercial beekeepers, growers and environmental activist groups have brought a lawsuit, Anderson et al. vs. McCarthy et al., against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court for not regulating seeds treated with systemic pesticides as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). These groups allege that dust from the coated seeds has harmed the environment, including honeybees and birds.

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