BREAKING: EU Bans Neonicotinoids Despite Members’ Split Vote

There is great concern across Europe about the collapse of bee populations.

Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides are believed to harm bees and the European Commission says they should be restricted to crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators.

But many farmers and crop experts argue that there is insufficient data.

Fifteen countries voted in favor of a ban – not enough to form a qualified majority. According to EU rules the Commission will now impose a two-year restriction on neonicotinoids – and the UK cannot opt out.

The Commission says it wants the moratorium to begin no later than July 1 this year.

The UK did not support a ban – it argues that the science behind the proposal is inconclusive. It was among eight countries that voted against, while four abstained.

Read the full story on BBC News here.

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  1. Neonick

    …I have at least 50 peer reviewed independent scientific publications that indicate the neonics are potentially harmful to bees, as well as a host of non target terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates at field-realistic levels…kudos to the EU for the temporary ban which hopefully will expand to North America and become permanent. Have a great day, Croplife!