Europe Takes Action on Bee Decline While US Does Little

argylesock says… It’s true that we in Europe have a two-year ban on three of the neonicotinoids. The ban was hotly argued and some countries (including mine, Britain) refused to support it, but it went through. It’ll come into force at the end of this year. Two years later, who knows? Thank you for drawing attention to fipronil which hasn’t yet been banned. I hope there’ll be sensible action for bees on your side of the Pond and I’m flattered that you think we’re doing better over here, but really I think there’s a lot wrong in Europe too. I blog about this under my ‘hymenopteran’ tag,


It’s a familiar, yet still maddening scenario.

The public, as well as scientists, express legitimate concern about something. The US government reacts more or less by explaining that it will deliberate on potential courses of action once all the facts are responsibly gathered by experts from government-run agencies. Then and only then, will something possibly be done.

It seems Europe often does things a bit differently. The recent collapse of bee populations world-wide, and the question of what to do about it, offers a fresh example of this. In a May 28 online article, The Guardian (a UK newspaper) published this:

“The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was asked to perform a risk assessment of the insecticide fipronil [by the European Commission], paying particular regard to the acute and chronic effects on colony survival and development and the effects of sub-lethal doses on bee mortality and behavior.”

The EFSA’s official statement about…

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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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2 Responses to Europe Takes Action on Bee Decline While US Does Little

  1. Thanks for your reply! It’s great that you are keeping track of this stuff! I try to keep track, too.

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