The EU has banned the use of Neonic Pesticides for essentially all outdoor use.
EU nations back ban on all outdoor neonic use
Posted Apr. 27th, 2018 by philip-blenkinsop
Brussels | Reuters — European Union countries backed a proposal on Friday to ban all use outdoors of insecticides known as neonicotinoids that studies have shown can harm bees.
The ban, championed by environmental activists, covers the use of three active substances — imidacloprid, developed by Bayer CropScience; clothianidin, developed by Takeda Chemical Industries and Bayer CropScience; and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam.
“All outdoor uses will be banned and the neonicotinoids in question will only be allowed in permanent greenhouses where exposure of bees is not expected,” the European Commission said in a statement.
Representatives of EU member states in the EC’s standing committee on plants, animals, food and feed on Friday supported the proposal for a new regulation to be adopted by the EC “in the coming weeks” and applicable “by the end of the year.”
Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EC’s commissioner for health and food safety, hailed the results of Friday’s vote, saying the EC “had proposed these measures months ago, on the basis of the scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority.”
Some long time ago when the “Bee Crisis” first came on the radar and Neonics were fingers as a “possible”; I’d stated the rational thing to do was just pick some large country and ban them there, then sit back a couple of years and see if the bees there started doing Just Fine.
Well, looks like we are now going to run the experiment.
The EU banning them. The USA (so far) not.
Now if in the next year or two the European bees start a dramatic recovery, then we will know.
This is just one example of the problem with a uniform globalist approach to things. It is important to have variation between countries. (And between States inside the USA or inside the EU). This lets the good ideas float to the top, and the bad ideas stand out in contrast. Had neonics NOT been rolled out globally in so uniform a manner, we’d have known years ago if they had a negative impact on bees.