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EU Votes To Ban Bee-Harming Pesticides (theguardian.com) 130

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The European Union will ban the world's most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees. The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday, is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses.

Bees and other insects are vital for global food production as they pollinate three-quarters of all crops. The plummeting numbers of pollinators in recent years has been blamed, in part, on the widespread use of pesticides. The EU banned the use of neonicotinoids on flowering crops that attract bees, such as oil seed rape, in 2013. fBut in February, a major report from the European Union's scientific risk assessors (Efsa) concluded that the high risk to both honeybees and wild bees resulted from any outdoor use, because the pesticides contaminate soil and water. This leads to the pesticides appearing in wildflowers or succeeding crops. A recent study of honey samples revealed global contamination by neonicotinoids. The ban on the three main neonicotinoids has widespread public support, with almost 5 million people signing a petition from campaign group Avaaz.

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EU Votes To Ban Bee-Harming Pesticides

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    There only a handful (less than 10) species of Honeybee. None of them are native to North America. There are thousands of species of solitary bees and wasps that are native to North America. Blue Masson and Leaf Cutter are of the most common. They are far superior pollinators that don't (or rarely) sting. They don't have a Queen and literally are 500x per bee better pollinators vs honey bees.

    Is CCD an issue? Yep. Should be working hard to fix it? Yep. Should we take reasonable actions once we have

    • by Anonymous Coward
      You should round up a dozen or so and start travelling around to farms then, and sell your services. Put those greedy bee guys out of business.
      You will make a killing, and as a bonus no one will have to read about bee stories in the news.
    • CCD is not an issue in the EU.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Ironically wild bees appear to be the most threatened of all: https://www.wired.com/2015/04/... [wired.com]
    • Honey bees are farmed animals that turn a profit. That's why they're popular. Vicious, aggressive and dangerous to humans little bastards compared to other pollinators.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Requiem for the UK dream, more like it.

      Recent studies have criticized earlier studies, and concluded that neonicotinoids were NOT significantly harming honeybees, except when in conjunction with other environmental stressors and varroa mites mites in particular (and no, global warming was not one of them).

      Further, annual censuses have shown an overall growth in bee population worldwide, including in the US and UK.

      They keep trying to solve non-problems, by enacting harmful measures. My concern is no
      • Recent studies have criticized earlier studies, and concluded that neonicotinoids were NOT significantly harming honeybees, except when in conjunction with other environmental stressors and varroa mites mites in particular (and no, global warming was not one of them).

        O [theguardian.com] RLY [vice.com]?

  • Americans can't count on their government to protect them from pollution fueled by greed, but consumers can boycott places that sell crap like Roundup. Living without pesticides is what organic farming is all about. Feeding the world doesn't require poisoned food supply, it just needs better local farming, and maybe a bit of birth control. Intelligent people realize this, members of the to idiocity reap what they sow
    • Living without pesticides is what organic farming is all about

      Nicotine (the substance being banned here) is an organic pesticide. If you believe that organic farming doesn't use pesticides you are incredibly naive.

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