Safety of neonic use in greenhouses unproven

Neonicotinoids escape into the environment even when their use is restricted to greenhouses, according to a review of scientific literature published by Greenpeace on Monday

Neonicotinoids escape into the environment even when their use is restricted to greenhouses, according to a review of scientific literature published by Greenpeace on Monday, a day before government delegates convene to discuss, and possibly vote on, an EU proposal to ban three such substances.

The European Commission imposed interim restrictions in 2013 on the use of three neonicotinoids – imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam – on crops attractive to bees, such as sunflowers and oilseed rape.

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