EU Readies to Roll Out Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides constitute a threat to the global bee population

By on February 6th, 2013 14:57 GMT

In the aftermath of several studies showing that the neonicotinoid pesticides most farmers use on a regular basis constitute a threat to the global bee population, the EU is getting ready to ban people from using them.

Seeing how bees are of utmost importance when it comes to keeping the global agricultural industry up and running (i.e. they are in charge of pollinating various crops), it need not come as a surprise that efforts are being made to safeguard these insects.

As Tonio Borg, the European commissioner for health and consumer policy puts it, “Protecting the health of our bee population is of great importance not only for our European agricultural sector but also for our ecosystem and environment as a whole.”

Mongabay
informs us that bee populations that become exposed to such neonicotinoid pesticides tend to have fewer queens, and that regular working insects display signs of disorientation.

It is to be expected that a final decision concerning the proposal to ban neonicotinoid pesticides will be taken later this month.

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