Pesticide labels can describe the kind of ingredients that might target specific species and eventually result in a more conscientious culture of production. Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an official statement listing restrictions on the specific blend of additives that go into these substances to reduce the potential harm done to bees.
The statement describes the agency’s effort to improve the chances of bee survival in the face of the deployment of dangerous chemicals. The agency’s new labeling efforts will reportedly include adjustments to existing labels and the creation of a new one, designed to minimize types of potential harm. This move is apparently in response to lower levels of bee populations that have been recorded recently.
Of course, it’s not just the ingredients in a product but the way that it is used that can influence the level of harm and those who are exposed to it in the environment. To that effect, labels that describe potential dangers and proper means of use can be required to significantly reduce danger. A representative from the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Jim Jones, is quoted in the EPA press release as linking this change to other recent initiatives from the government along similar lines.
“The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts,” he said.
To make chemical labels that line up most meaningfully with existing government efforts, the proper labeling equipment should be sought out and put into use.