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European Regulator Finds That Neonicotinoid Pesticides Threaten Bees

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-03-03 15:38:36
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European agency concludes controversial 'neonic' pesticides threaten bees [sciencemag.org]

Controversial insecticides known as neonicotinoids pose a danger to wild bees [europa.eu] and managed honey bees, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy, said in a report released today. Bayer, a maker of so-called neonics, disputed EFSA's findings. But the report is likely to give a boost to those pushing for tighter European regulation of the chemicals.

"This report certainly strengthens the case for further restrictions on neonicotinoid use," entomologist Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex in Brighton, U.K., said in a statement [sciencemediacentre.org]. The European Commission last year proposed—but has not yet adopted—extending a partial ban on neonics to all field crops.

Related: Landmark Study: Honeybee Queens Severely Affected by Neonicotinoid Pesticides [soylentnews.org]
Neonicotinoid Can Cause Brain Damage in Bats; Bumblebee Species Added to Endangered List [soylentnews.org]
Extensive Study Concludes Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees [soylentnews.org]
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