European Union Vote To Restrict Neonicotinoid Insecticide Use

argylesock says… Here’s the story of the neonic ban. Since Plantwise asks for opinion: yes, I think the EU is right to do this. The anti-ban opinions are from companies who see a threat to their profits. But like others before me, I ask what is the point of crop protection products if there’ll be no pollination?

The Plantwise Blog

After a European Commission vote yesterday (Monday 29th April 2013), Europe will enforce the world’s first continent-wide ban on neonicotinoid insecticides after concerns about their non-target impact on bee pollinators.

The vote by the 27 European Union member states on whether to suspend the use of neonicotinoid insecticides was supported by 15 nations. The UK did not support the ban.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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