The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that the popular pesticide neonicotinoid is harmful to bees. The pesticide’s danger is considered as unacceptable per their Wednesday report.
A representative from the company, Bayer, which makes the pesticide, has issued a statement that there is no need to overreact to this report. The UK has previously dismissed the dangers of using this pesticide, so a ban was not issued, but this report may change things.
Bees are very important in growing grains, vegetables and flowers. Bees and other similar insects pollinate about one-third of plants that are used for food. A study released in March 2012 has proven a connection between the use of this pesticide with the decrease in insect numbers.
Not only that, the pesticide also affects the insects’ habitats and also increases the probability of diseases. In light of this finding, the European Commission has decided to review the risks of using Bayer’s pesticides such as neonicotinoid, imidacloprid and others.
The European Food Safety Authority along with scientists and experts, have come to the conclusion that imidacloprid’s use is only acceptable if used on crops that honeybees do not pollinate on. The only acceptable use of this pesticide should be limited to the following crops: sunflowers, corn crops and oil seed rapes.
The EFSA has discovered that information is too limited and the current regulations are not that strict. The environmentalists are satisfied with the results of the study and are already calling for the immediate ban of these pesticides. The manufacturer of these chemicals, Bayer, however, is not satisfied with these findings and believes that a total ban is not the answer.
The ban of these pesticides may have a serious effect on the economy since it is estimated that there will be a decline in food production costing farmers up to £620m. Further studies from independent bodies will have to be done before a decision on banning these substances can be made.