EU to Restrict ‘Bee-Harming’ Pesticides

The European Commission will restrict the use of Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides  which is linked to reduce bee population by researchers. Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides are believed to harm bees and as per the European Commission they should be restricted to crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators

What is a Neonicotinoid chemical?

  • Neonicotinoid pesticides are new nicotine-like chemicals and act on the nervous systems of insects, with a lower threat to mammals and the environment.
  • They are water soluble and hence are absorbed by soil which in turn make a plant toxic.

Restricted Pesticides:

  • Clothianidin
  • Imidacloprid
  • Thiamethoxam

Objective this restriction:

  • To control decline in bee population as it is believed that bees are responsible for pollinating around one-third of the world’s crop production.
  • To protect bees which contribute over 22 Billion Euros annually to European agriculture.

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