Scientist Claims He Was Harrassed For Speaking Truth About Bee-Killing Pesticides

Jonathan Lundgren, an entomologist with the USDA. (Photo: Courtesy USDA via harvestpublicmedia.org)

After a government scientist began raising serious questions about the environmental impact of a popular pesticide that experts widely believe is helping to drive the drastic decline in America’s bee populations, he claims he got stung—and stung bad.

Jonathan Lundgren, an 11-year entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, filed an official whistle-blower complaint this week, alleging he was harassed and retaliated against after speaking out in the media last year about research he conducted that points to the potentially insidious effects of a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics.

Since neonics began to be widely marketed in the mid-1990s, their use has exploded. Whereas a scant amount was used by farmers in 1995, today an estimated 6 million pounds of the pesticides are applied to fields every year—and that doesn’t take into account the staggering amount of seeds planted that are pretreated with the stuff. According to a report from the Center for Food Safety, “almost all of the corn seed and approximately half of the soybeans in the U.S. are treated with neonicotinoids,” and upwards of 90 percent of canola planted in North America is as well…

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