Call for partial ban on pesticides harmful to bees

Scientists are increasingly convinced that neonicotinoid pesticides are causing bee populations to decline, a report for the parliament has found

Some uses of neonicotinoid pesticides should be banned because scientists are increasingly convinced the chemicals are causing bee populations to decline, a new report for the European Parliament has found.

The chemicals are toxic to bees, scientists from Austria’s environment agency said in a report based on experiments and review of existing data.

The “precautionary principle”, as inscribed in the EU’s pesticides regulation, should be applied, the researchers conclude. In other words, the risk to bees from neonicotinoids is such that the chemicals should be at least partially banned.

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