EU proposes two year ban neonicotinoid produced by Bayer, Syngenta
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EU proposes two year ban on neonicotinoid produced by Bayer, Syngenta

6:51 AM, 2nd February 2013
EU proposes two year ban on neonicotinoid produced by Bayer, Syngenta

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: European regulators proposed a two- year ban on some uses of neonicotinoid insecticides produced by Bayer AG and Syngenta AG because of risks to honey-bee health. According to a spokesperson, the European Commission, proposed a suspension on the use of three neonicotinoids on sunflowers, rapeseed, corn and cotton. The class of pesticides, which works on the central nervous-system of insects, pose a “high acute risk” to bees through the nectar and pollen of some treated crops and through drifting dust, the European Food Safety Authority wrote in a report.

Bayer urged EU countries to weigh whether the proposed measures will put the competitiveness of European agriculture at risk. The proposal is “draconian” and “overly conservative,” the company wrote in an e-mailed statement. Declining bee populations have “nothing to do with chemicals,” said John Atkin, Chief Operating Officer, Syngenta, in an interview. The parasitic mite varroa destructor is the most important factor behind the drop because it transmits diseases such as the deformed-wing virus, he added.

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