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A neonic that’s bad news for birds

Here in Europe, three insect-killing neonicotinoids are under a temporary ban. One of the banned neonics is called imidacloprid. Six months into the neonic ban, here’s new science about imidacloprid and insect-eating birds in the Netherlands. The chemical and biotech … Continue reading

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Syngenta withdraws application to use banned pesticide linked to bee harm

argylesock says… I’m not sure which neonic Syngenta wants to bring back here in Europe. Maybe all of the three which are temporarily banned: clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. [Edit] Soon after this story broke, I’m feeling cynical about it. Maybe … Continue reading

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Real impact of neonicotinoid seed dressings stays buried

A temporary European ban on three insect-killing chemicals called neonicotinoids has been in force since December 2013. These neonics are called clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. They’re used as seed dressings and soil treatments, among other things. Just after this ban … Continue reading

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Harvard study links pesticides to bee deaths

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees (Apis mellifera) can be linked with low-dose insecticides. Philip Case at the UK magazine Farmers Weekly tells us about research in the States, where CCD is a huge problem. This is a serious matter … Continue reading

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Pollen angels: The E.U.’s ban on bee-killing pesticides begins. Will it help?

argylesock says… Here in Europe our ban on neonics was bitterly fought. It was even opposed by our UK Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson. Now it’s in force but as Heather Smith says in … Continue reading

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Not just bad for bees: Neonic pesticides could damage babies’ brains

argylesock says… Another neonic! I hadn’t heard of acetamiprid until now but our European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says that it’s likely to be a hazard to unborn babies and young children. Perhaps this is another neonic that should be … Continue reading

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Pesticide makers have found a new way to kill bees

argylesock says… Only a few days ago here in Europe, a temporary ban came into place on three neonics. Clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Now another neonic called sulfoxaflor, made by the chemical and biotech giant Dow AgroSciences, has been approved … Continue reading

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Neonic ban starts today

Today a two-year ban on three insecticides called neonics (neonicotinoids) came into force across the European Union (EU). The neonics are used as seed dressings to reduce pest attacks. Their names are clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. The neonics have been … Continue reading

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In the United States, new pesticide labels will better protect bees and other pollinators

This week the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced ‘new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.’ You can see the new label design here. These new labels are supposed to stop people … Continue reading

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David Heath wants neonics back

Here in Britain, our Minister of State for Agriculture and Food is David Heath. He’s not very impressed by the way three ‘bee killing’ neonicotinoids have been banned in the European Union (EU). Wildlife Extra tells us that Mr Heath … Continue reading

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