Monsanto continues offering coated seeds linked to bee deaths

The largest U.S. seed makers will keep selling soybeans coated with a pesticide suspected of contributing to bee deaths even though the Environmental Protection Agency says the product doesn’t increase yields. Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co., DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical Co. all said they would still offer soybeans treated with neonicotinoids, an insecticide related to nicotine.

A Monsanto spokesman said the company’s data “shows that these seed treatment products provide value to growers.” The EPA is reviewing how pollinators are affected by neonicotinoids, made by Bayer AG and Syngenta AG.

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