BBC News: Bee Deaths – EU to ban neonicotinoid pesticides

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 29, 2013

BBC News: “An EU vote last month was inconclusive, so the Commission proposal went to an appeals committee on Monday – and again the countries were split on the issue. Some restrictions are already in place for neonicotinoids in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. The three neonicotinoids are clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam. A report published by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) in January concluded that the pesticides posed a “high acute risk” to pollinators, including honeybees. However, it added that in some cases it was “unable to finalise the assessments due to shortcomings in the available data”.”

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