argylesock says… Oh me oh my. [Edit] A few weeks later, the ban went through.
A European attempt to ban the world’s most widely used insecticides that have been linked to serious harm in bees has failed. The Guardian reports on a real modern problem!
The European commission proposed a two-year suspension of neonicotinoids after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) deemed their use an unacceptable risk, but major nations including UK and Germany failed to back the plan in a vote on Friday.
The result leaves environmental campaigners, scientists and some politicians bitterly disappointed. “Britain and Germany have caved in to the industry lobby and refused to ban bee-killing pesticides,” said Iain Keith, at campaign group Avaaz. “Today’s vote flies in the face of science and public opinion and maintains the disastrous chemical armageddon on bees, which are critical for the future of our food.”
The chemical companies that dominate the billion-dollar neonicotinoid market, Bayer and Syngenta, were…
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