Cultocracy note :
A step in the right direction .
Although the ban does not address the root issue which is corporate bribery and political corruption .
Scientific review confirms that honeybee health is harmed by the pesticides
The UK will support a Europe-wide ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides, following a review of the latest scientific advice. The decision reverses the government’s previous opposition to prohibition of the world’s most extensively used pesticides, because of a growing understanding of the harm they’re doing to bees. Studies across Europe and in Canada suggest that the the harm they can cause to bees goes beyond the season in which they’re applied.
The EU introduced a moratorium on the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam on flowering crops in 2013, but it now wants to extend the restriction to non-flowering crops. This is based on a risk assessment carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 100 studies since then.
The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides has concluded that neonicotinoid exposure under field conditions can have an ‘unacceptable effect on honeybee health’ and that wild bees are ‘negatively impacted’ by exposure to neonicotinoid residues. UK environment secretary Michael Gove said he understood the importance of pesticides to farmers but that ‘where there is evidence that human activity is contributing to pollinator decline, we have a duty to act.’ He added that EU-wide restrictions would remain in place after Brexit, unless new evidence emerged.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ chief scientific adviser Ian Boyd said that together with ‘the widespread and increasing use of these chemicals, the available evidence justifies taking further steps to restrict the use of neonicotinoids’.
A spokesman for Bayer, which makes clothianidin and imidacloprid, said ‘such a ban would seriously impact the UK’s ability to grow high quality wheat, barley, sugar beet and some vegetable crops’. The UK has permitted emergency exemptions for oilseed rape and sugar beet, but last year refused applications on the grounds that farmers hadn’t shown chemical intervention had a positive impact on yield.
Read the full article here at Chemistry World