Beekeepers sue two pesticide companies
Published Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:49PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:54PM EDT
Local beekeepers are filing a class action lawsuit against two pesticide companies after their product was found in millions of dead bees.
The beekeepers are joining forces against Bayer Crop Science and Syngenta, who both manufacture Neonicotinoid pesticides, or Neonics.
Neonics are applied to the seed and spread to the entire plant and are poisonous to bees in any amount.
“We see bees and their legs are paralyzed, their wings are spread forward. We see bees carrying away other bees, bees going in circles… it affects their nervous system,” says beekeeper Dave Schuit.
The class action suit was filed in Windsor and hopes to recover $400 million in losses and $50 million in damages.
“If somebody doesn't take some action they are not going to take it seriously. It's not that we are trying to get rich or get a lot of money; it's to try and stop this so we can make a living and also it's to stop the destruction of the whole environment,” says beekeeper Bill Ferguson.