Tuesday, May 1, 2018

EU ban on neonicotinoids triggers call for a similar ban in Australia to protect bees

European Union countries have voted to ban the outdoor use of insecticides known as neonicotinoids because of the harm they can do to bees, but there is no sign of a similar ban in Australia.
Scientists in Europe fear bumble bees are being killed
 by pesticides known as neonicotinoids and a vote
last week will see them banned in six months' time.
The EU ban covers the use of three active substances: imidacloprid developed by Bayer CropScience, clothianidin developed by Takeda Chemical Industries and Bayer CropScience, as well as Syngenta's thiamethoxam.

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