Neonicotinoid Banned in the EU

Once again, Europe has acted before the USA on an environmental issue. The EU has banned neonicotinoids, the pesticide believed to harm bees and cause CCD (colony collapse disorder). The discussion of just how harmful neonicotinoids are continues with this article in the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22335520).

The EU believes the science exists to ban the neonicotinoids, but the US and the UK takes the stance that there isn’t enough scientific evidence available to ban the substance. I first blogged about this issue in March (see ofgardens.com March 29, 2013). Join the debate. What’s your opinion of neonicotinoids? Do you have any scientific or circumstantial evidence they are harmful?

10 thoughts on “Neonicotinoid Banned in the EU

  1. Ensuring pollination of plants and foods is essential for human happiness as well as of course survival. It is common that scientific evidence is less than complete, and less than certain. Since the evidence and the experts agree it is far more likely than not that these nicotinoids are disastrously damaging to the bee population, with all the follow on impacts, it is more than reasonable to ban them, at least to see what effect that has.

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  2. Spot on. The EU has many problems, but they do generally have more sensible sustainable environmental policies, leading to a higher quality of life (not to be confused with being financially richer). And as a lover of local honey I have a selfish reason to want a healthy bee population too!

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  3. Liked your blog when I found it today and will be following. Wasn’t the Biltmore beautiful. Had a chance to spend a full day there and decided – I want that! Though I live and garden right here on the shores of Lake Michigan – I think I might trade it for the lovely home. Jack

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    1. Hi Jack,
      Welcome! So glad you found of gardens and are following. The Biltmore surely is impressive, but just think about the maintenance! I like my 1/2 acre here in suburban Boston, keeps me busy. Lake Michigan is a lovely part of the world … I look forward to reading about how your gardens grows.

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  4. I am glad the ban was approved. I undertake bumble bee surveys for our local wildlife trust and am finding that even in a lush relatively unpolluted area there are sometimes not too many bees about. I was a little confused by an interview on the radio on the day the ban went through the courts as someone from the Bees Keepers association in the UK was interviewed saying that the alternatives to Neonicotinoids, which are older pesticides are in fact worse and the “Bristish Public” has been duped by Social media campaigns etc. Was rather suprised, not least as I was clearly one of the people he was aiming the comments at but have not heard anything further since.

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks for your comment. I haven’t heard this alternative point of view on older pesticides either. It is something to look for and see if it is true. Please let me know if you hear anymore about ‘older pesticides’.

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