28 Feb '18, 7pm
EU-Wide Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides Likely After Major Review
EU-Wide Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides Likely After Major Review The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded in a new assessment that "most uses" of three widely used neonicotinoids —imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam—pose a risk to wild bees and honeybees, which play a crucial role in pollination across the globe. The conclusion, based on analysis of more than 1,500 studies, will likely prompt a total ban on the pesticides from all fields across the European Union when the issue comes to a vote next month, the Guardian reported. The EU already banned the pesticides on flowering crops in 2013. But the new report suggests the existing ban is insufficient, as using the chemicals in any outdoor setting can pose a risk to bees. Thousands of studies have identified neonicotinoids as key contributors to declining pollinator populations. The chemicals have even be...