It appears that a total-ban on pesticides which harm pollinators is likely – after a major new study by E.U. scientists – who found that the world’s most widely used insecticides pose a serious threat to both honeybees and wild bees.
The conclusion is based on analysis of more than 1,500 studies – and makes it highly likely that neonicotinoid pesticides will be banned from all fields across the E.U.when the nations vote on the issue next month.
The report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that neonicotinoids, which are nerve agents, have been shown to cause a wide range of harm to bees.
Several E.U. nations have been waiting for the EFSA report – before deciding their position.
Ontario brought in restrictions on neonics in 2014 – as the province tries to curb bee deaths.