EU to ban widely used pesticides because of danger to bees

Flickr photo by Don Hankins

The rapid and unexplained decline in the bee population has prompted the European Union to take action.

After the European Food Safety Authority issued a report about the health and safety of bees, the EU proposed the ban of three widely used pesticides: Bayer’s imidacloprid and clothianidin, and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam. 

According to an article by Treehugger, “The pesticide ban will apply only to crops that attract bees, such as oilseed rape, corn and sunflowers. Use on winter wheat has been exempted because bees are not active during the period of pesticide application.”

The EU member states still need to approve the measures, but basically this is an opportunity to control and/or eliminate what experts believe might be a cause of colony collapse disorder and chance to gain a solution for getting bees back.

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Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University and has been a vegetarian and geek for more than six years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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