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If neonics are not a significant concern or factor in the decline of honeybees, then why did Obama just issue a presidential memorandum, directing the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out research into the role of neonicotinoids linked to bee dieoffs?

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The presidential memo outlined a multi-stakeholder initiative to coordinate resources on addressing the multiple factors that are acknowledged as responsible for declining bee health, particularly improving pollinator habitat. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as only one of the multiple government departments involved, was instructed to “assess the effect of pesticides, including neonicotinoids, on bee and other pollinator health,” which is an appropriate and ongoing part of its Registration Review Process.