Bayer Response to Ortho Decision

Thursday, April 14, 2016
By: Dr. Frank Wong, Environmental Science, a Business Unit of Bayer, Regulatory Affairs
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The recent announcement from Scotts that it is transitioning away from their line of outdoor products containing neonics is not entirely surprising, given the strength of the Bayer AdvancedTM portfolio and Ortho’s small share of this consumer market. Whether Scotts’ decision is more about protecting sales than it is about protecting bees is not important. What’s important is what matters to consumers, who only want to know if the product they use will protect their lawns and gardens without harming bees.


With hundreds of studies conducted, we know more about neonics and bees than any other pesticide, and new research continues to confirm their safe use around bees when used according to the label. In January, the U.S. EPA completed a 5-year preliminary evaluation of imidacloprid – a major neonic product – and found that it poses little risk to bees. Over its 20-year use history there has not been a single documented honey bee colony loss that can be attributed to a registered use of imidacloprid.


Neonics have been widely adopted by consumers because of their pest effectiveness and their favorable environmental safety profile, especially when compared to many older products. They are often used at lower dosages and applied less frequently than other products, which can help minimize exposures to bees and other beneficial insects. Neonics are the products most used to protect people, pets and property from pests, including invasive species that threaten our homes and communities.


The science is clear and the performance is proven: consumers who choose Bayer Advanced can rest easy knowing they have selected an outstanding product that can be safely used around their homes and gardens.


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