The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still issuing honey bee stamp certificates, despite a decision by a federal judge to temporarily stop the issuance of the stamps.
The order was issued Wednesday by U.N. special rapporteur on agriculture, Janice Lester.
The decision is a victory for the beekeepers who have been fighting the stamps since they were first issued in the 1930s.
In her order, Lester noted that the stamps would no longer be issued to beekeepers unless the department determines the beekeeping is safe to continue to issue the stamps and that the department will “ensure that any future use of the honey bee as a pollinator or agricultural pest control agent is not permitted.”
She also noted that in her order she “did not rule out the possibility that the Department of Justice might challenge the legality of the issuance” of the bees in the future.
But the USDA told CBS News it has not decided whether to issue honey bee stickers and said it would issue them “to any appropriate agencies or organizations.”
The department has said the stamps are necessary to help control the honey bees, which are one of the world’s most common pollinators and pollinator-friendly.
The U’s Department of Commerce issued a similar beekeeping certificate in 2012.
The stamp program has been controversial from the start.
Some beekeepers have said the bees are essential to pollinate crops and provide pollination services for other species.
They have also argued that the bees and other pollinators are under-regulated and have limited protection from chemicals.
A 2013 report by the National Honey Bee Council and the University of Michigan found that honey bee deaths in the U.K. were much higher than those in other European countries.
The report found that the average beekeeper had a death rate of less than 0.5 percent annually and that there were no signs of beekeepers suffering from health problems such as respiratory disease.