Ortho to drop chemicals linked to bee declines

The chemicals, called neonicotinoids, attack the central nervous systems of insects

The Mahoning and Columbiana County Bee Association says the bee population is in danger of extinction.

DENVER (AP) – Garden-care giant Ortho says it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm bees.

The company said Tuesday it will phase out neonicotinoids by 2021 in eight products used to control garden pests and plant diseases.

The chemicals, called neonics for short, attack the central nervous systems of insects. Some advocates say they are one of several reasons behind declining populations of bees, which are major pollinators of food crops.

Ortho said it was acting because of “possible threats to honey bees and other pollinators.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what impact the decision would have on the health of the overall bee population. Neonics are also used on food and textile crops such as corn and cotton.

Ortho is a division of Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s