Since recent studies have shown that neonicotinoids have bad effects on the population of bees, honeybees and other pollinator insects, major states in the EU have decide to vote favorably to ban this chemical. However, the opposing side, namely farming groups and the manufacturers say that that the studies do not reveal definitive evidence that his chemical does damage.
The first that the EU took in the direction of protecting the bees happened back in 2013, when they decided to opt for a partial ban on clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid. By partial ban it meant that these chemicals n=could not be used on barley, oil seed rape, wheat, maize and oats crops. The recent discussion wants to change things around and ban outdoor uses of these chemicals.
The vote was partly influenced by the latest report from EFSA which, in a nutshell, said that these chemicals harm different species of bees, regardless of them being used in indoor or outdoor spaces. Bees are an important of our daily lives since they greatly influence food production, biodiversity and even the environment. This move could be the first big step in the right direction, ensuring that bees would not be threatened by such harmful chemicals.
On the other hand, many farmers disagree with this decision since they do not believe that the scientific backing that the EU calls as their evidence really shows any significant changes. They worry that this decision is an over the top play at making sure that the environment is okay whereas it is still doing fine. For example, farmers from the UK that deal with rape seed oil production have seen their numbers decline so they had to import the product, where it was treated with these chemicals. So far there is a continuous loop that needs to be destroyed so that things move on to the right path.
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