After bumble bees were officially added to the endangered species list in the United States, the EU is taking the long-needed step of banning neonicotinoid insecticides – one of the biggest factors, many believe, in colony collapse disorder and the disappearance of the bees.
Regulations drafted by the European Commission note that neonics pose a “high acute risk to bees.”
Notes The Guardian:
“The EU imposed a temporary ban on the use of the three key neonicotinoids on some crops in 2013. However, the new proposals are for a complete ban on their use in fields, with the only exception being for plants entirely grown in greenhouses. The proposals could be voted on as soon as May and, if approved, would enter force within months.”
Even better, neonics are not the only pesticides included in the ban, which means this proposal will not just benefit bees, but all pollinator insects.
“However, the European commission (EC) has decided to move towards implementing a complete ban now, based on risk assessments of the pesticides by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), published in 2016.
..the EC concluded that “high acute risks for bees” had been identified for “most crops” from imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by Bayer. For thiamethoxam, made by Syngenta, the EC said the company’s evidence was “not sufficient to address the risks”.”
Fortunately, these steps come even as agrichemical companies continue to pour money into lobbying for reduced regulation, claiming (falsely) that their products cause no environmental harm, and furthermore are needed to feed the world. Science, alas, is proving time and time again that they’re full of it, and with these measures, the EU is proving that such nonsense will no longer stand.
When will Americans take a similar stand?
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