EU bans bee-harming pesticides ... will U.S. wise up and follow suit?Submitted by hawkiye on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:35
A small victory for bees. Hopefully the US will follow suit. Still the EU is moving to restrict heirloom seeds... WTF is wrong with these people? I have never been on board with the whole alien thing but I am beginning to wonder...
"In a landmark decision, Europe restricts a popular pesticide linked to declining honeybee populations. One would hope this would light a fire under the EPA's you-know-what.
Tue, Apr 30 2013 at 5:15 PM
Au revior, neonicotinoids ... don't let the door hit you on the way out.
If you haven’t yet heard all the buzz (my apologies, couldn’t resist), the European Union announced yesterday a major maneuver geared to protect struggling honeybee populations: a two-year ban on neonicotinoids, a super-ubiquitous class of nicotine-derived pesticides that numerous scientific studies have ID'd as being one of several primary contributors — if not the key contributor —to colony collapse disorder. The restrictions will only be lifted if strong scientific evidence disproving the apiarian-adverse properties of the chemicals emerges.
Despite fierce opposition and pressure from powerful agrochemical giants fearing annual losses in the billions of dollars, restrictions on three types of neonicotinoids — clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam — “for seed treatment, soil application (granules) and foliar treatment on bee attractive plants and cereals” will go into effect on Dec 1, 2013."
Read the whole article here: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/blogs...