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Bee-Harming Pesticides Face Complete Ban in Europe

The European Union (EU) has taken some important steps in the preservation of our bee population. On April 28, 2018, the EU announced their support for a ban on “the outdoor use of neonicotinoids, widely used pesticides that have been linked to declines in pollinators – especially bees.” The new regulation will ban the out use of “three neonic substances”. Going forward they’ll only be approved for use in greenhouses.

Neonicotinoids are toxic to both insects and invertebrates. They’re much more dangerous to insects and invertebrates than to mammals, birds, and reptiles. The pesticides work by targeting the central nervous system, paralyzing the target, and then killing it. Neonicotinoids are especially harmful to bees. A 2015 study found that they affect a bee’s ability to navigate and reproduce. The quickly dwindling number of honey bees is already a concern in America and many European countries, and neonicotinoids will only add to the concerns of losing our honey bee population. According scientists, the honey bee population is vital to humans because of their affect on biodiversity, food production and the environment…"

While the EU is taking steps to limit the additional loss of honey bees, work remains to be done here in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still assessing the risks posed by the neonicotinoids, but hopes to have “an interim decision to be issued later this year.” To learn more about the neonicotinoids ban by the EU, click here: