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posted by mrpg on Sunday April 29 2018, @04:11AM   Printer-friendly
from the nobody-thinks-of-the-wasps dept.

Bees just got a helping hand from the European Union who banned outdoor use of harmful pesticides.

With several types of bees and bumblebees on the endangered-species list, some governments are starting to do their part to protect the lives of these essential pollinators. 

The European Union voted Friday to ban outdoor use of pesticides that harms bees. Specifically, there's now a complete ban on three substances referred to as neonicotinoids -- imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Scientific studies have shown that these substances can harm bees when used outside.

Also at EU Times.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by realDonaldTrump on Sunday April 29 2018, @08:06AM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Sunday April 29 2018, @08:06AM (#673299) Homepage Journal

    His DEP, Department of Environmental, they were thinking about having a regulation for the neonics. And they were talking about it, and writing it. And then they saw that I was elected in a LANDSLIDE. They saw that so many of our farmers voted for me, that they had the privilege of voting for me. And they stopped the regulation, they said "why bother" -- I don't know what they said, I know they didn't do the regulation. So that was very nice, that was one thing that wasn't a DISASTER when I took office. One of the few things.

    But I'm working hard for you, the American people, every day. And Syngenta, terrific company, they have a fabulous chemical. Funny name, thia- something, don't worry about the name, our great farmers have been using it on seeds. But Syngenta is telling us, hey, try it on the leaves, it's great on leaves. On the plants. They said, we have studies, look at the studies. Europe, they looked at the studies, maybe they didn't understand them. Or were just very foolish. Because they did a ban. Trust me, we're not Europe. We're going to give it a chance. @ScottPruittOK [twitter.com] is doing the legal for that. And it's going to be very environmental.

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