Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Neonicotinoids are banned from the EU

The EU decided the ban of neonicotinoids as a way of insecticide.

The Guardian: EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides

Neonicotinoids have been widely used all over the world for killing insects which are harmful to crops. In Europe, making seeds coded with neonicotinoid chemicals was generally used, which were relatively rarely adopted in Japan. But, since the seeds also attract bees, this procedure is suspected to have led to the annihilation of bees.

As bees bring pollen, they are essential to sustain the global environment. If bees perished, all animals would no more be able to live.

There are several reports of the massive death of bees in recent years. Some researchers claim the evidence suggests the use of neonicotinoid is responsible. So far, each nation is gradually strengthening the regulation against neonicotinoid.

The latest decision in the EU forces members to abandon the use of neonicotinoid except in the greenhouse. Not surprisingly, some organizations relevant to agriculture and chemical factories are opposed to this regulation.

I am not sure the EU decision is rational because it is difficult to evaluate the environmental issues. It will be good for assessing the influence accurately to observe the status after banning neonicotinoids continuously.

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