EU Bee Supporters Celebrate Ban on Killer Pesticides

Posted on Apr 29 2013 - 3:40pm by Sustainable Pulse

The UK Soil Association has welcomed today’s decision by the EU to suspend the use of the three neonicotinoid pesticides (clothianidin, thiametoxam and imidacloprid).

Emma Hockridge, Soil Association Head of Policy said: “This is a victory not only for the bees and other pollinators, but for independent science against the political, pro-pesticide position adopted by UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and the pesticide industry.  The European Commission and many European governments have reacted responsibly to the British and European scientific evidence showing clearly that a suspension is justified.”

Organic farming proves that systemic insecticides such as neonicotinoids are not needed to produce food. Also, there is strong evidence that a ban on neonicotinoids would work. In Italy, where the Government has taken decisive action and banned certain neonicotinoids pesticides, deaths of honey bees in winter subsequently fell by more than 50% in three years.”

A recent synthesis of 39 studies on 23 crops around the world published earlier this last month in the journal Ecology Letters confirms that wild bees are more abundant in diversified systems such as organic farms.

The landmark suspension is a victory for millions of environment campaigners concerned about dramatic declines in bees who were backed by experts at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). But it is a serious defeat for the chemical companies who make billions a year from the products and also UK ministers, who both argued that the ban will harm food production.

“Today’s pesticide ban throws Europe’s bees a vital lifeline, following a massive campaign backed by 2.6 million people,” said Iain Keith, at Avaaz. “Europe is taking science seriously and must now put the full ban in place, to give bees the breathing space they need.”

The vote by the 27 member states of the European Union to suspend the insect nerve agents was supported by most nations, but did not reach the required majority under EU voting rules. However, the hung vote hands the final decision to the European commission (EC) who will implement the ban. “It’s done,” said an EC source, indicating that a formal announcement on the ban is expected within weeks.

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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Carole Shorney April 29, 2013 at 19:21 - Reply

    For once, a piece of good news!

    And now please sign my own petition, Safeguard our Soils, Mr. Pickles!

  2. Alin April 30, 2013 at 16:49 - Reply

    (Romanian) Ma bucur pentru masurile luate – astept sa se concretizeze direct in legislatiile tarilor Europene si mai ales in Romania.
    Va comunic un pasaj ce ma consuma din necazul ce mi sa intamplat
    Pe data de 04 august 2008 in sudul localitatii Padina – Buzau autoritatile locale cu aprobare de la Prevectul Buzaului au dat foc la mirisile cu resturi vegetale – aici in acest incendiu mi-a ars in intregime stupina dispusa pe vagon Pavilion cu 102 familii de albine pe cat normal – autoritatile Romane refuza sa faca o cercetare reala si au dat neanceperea urmariri penale
    Aici este mare coruptie – nu stiu ce sa mai fac invatatima va rog

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