Agriculture: Ban Dangerous Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Strong restriction on the use of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments
Strong restriction on the use of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments

The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health EU meets on Thursday to decide whether to set a strong restriction on the use of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments, soil and foliar application for a very large list of crops, as alfalfa, fruit, banana, avocado, wide range of horticultural, legumes, citrus, corn, olive, snuff or vineyard.

The representatives of the UPA beekeepers gathered last Friday in Pastrana (Guadalajara), spoke in favor of the ban on these products, which some studies have considered detrimental to the populations of pollinating insects, including bees are.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded in January that the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides (imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin)-restricted and in countries like France, Italy or Germany, carries a serious risk to human health bees, and recommended restrict or prohibit their use as crop types and treatment conditions. Beekeepers rely on a vote in favor of the prohibition of these insecticides “in defense of beekeeping and biodiversity”.

UPA recalled that Spain has the highest number of hives and honey production leader in the European Union. The beekeeping industry is suffering from years dramatically increased bee mortality, which causes serious economic losses and a significant threat to biodiversity. Not surprisingly, 84% of crops and 80% of the wild plants depend on animal pollination, which play a vital role bees.

“The research is conclusive. Neonicotinoids are one of the causes of mortality of bees and beekeepers support prohibition”, have concluded from UPA. If the proposal, as of July 1, 2013 would prohibit the placing on the market of seeds treated with these products.

The farmers organization has asked the European Commission, should finally come to the prohibition of neonicotinoids, which takes into account the damage that could mean for farmers and vertebre viable alternatives to the use of these substances. Source Agricultura Ideal

Published:  Zarai Media Team

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