The EPA keeps approving so-called "emergency" exemptions to allow more pesticide spraying. Just last week the Center learned that in 2018, the EPA issued so-called "emergency" approvals to spray sulfoxaflor — an insecticide the agency considers "very highly toxic" to bees — on more than 16 million acres of crops known to attract bees.

Meanwhile, emerging scientific studies show that insect declines are even more serious than previously thought. A study published earlier this month found that more than 41 percent of the world's insect species are on the fast track to extinction, and that a "serious reduction in pesticide usage" is key to preventing extinction.