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European Union decided to issue Ban on Pesticides that Harm Bees

May 15, 2013 14:28 IST

The European Union made decision in May 2013 to impose a continent-wide ban on the Pesticides namely neonicotinoids that harm bees. The EU came up with a decision to ban the use of the pesticides after scientists came up with the conclusion that chemicals posed an acute risk to honeybees that pollinate many of the crops grown in Europe on a commercial scale.

Bees as pollinators play a vital role in food production. The hives of honeybees across the globe are dying off in the phenomenon that is known as Colony Collapse disorder.

The European countries in May 2013 voted on banning neonicotinoids, which is mainly found in pesticides. Fifteen of the twenty seven member states that included France voted for a two-year restriction on the neonicotinoids – which is not enough to form a qualified majority. The voting was made amid strong opposition from chemical companies.

The final decision is now with the European commission, which will implement the ban. According to EU rules, the Commission will now impose a two-year restriction on neonicotinoids.

Neonicotinoids are mainly produced mainly Switzerland's Syngenta and Germany's Bayer. The conservationists called up for a ban on the use, whereas the organizations related to agriculture claimed that farmers will face hardship and will have an impact on food production, which will cost Europe a loss of billions of Euros due to loss of crop yield.  

As per a United Nations report released in 2011, the bees and other pollinators like butterflies, birds and beetles do a worldwide work of pollination that worth 203 billion dollar every year.

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