Yet another bee-killing pesticide banned across EU

Stella Kyriakides

The Commission decided ob Monday not to renew approval for a Bayer-produced pesticide, known as thiacloprid and linked to harming bees, effectively banning it from use, news wires reported. The decision follows approval by a majority of EU governments in October last year, based on a proposal from the Commission

“There are environmental concerns related to the use of this pesticide, particularly its impact on groundwater, but also related to human health, in reproductive toxicity,” Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement. After 30 April, when its current approval expires, farmers will not be allowed to use the insecticide, sold under brands Calypso and Biscaya.

This is the 4th neonicotinoid, out of 5 that were approved earlier for use in the EU, for which restrictions of use or a ban have been adopted since 2013. The Commission based its assessment on findings of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) published in January last year. It highlighted concerns about the active substance being toxic for humans and present in too great a concentration in ground water, an EFSA spokesman said in an email.

The pesticide not only kills insects but also harms bees and bumblebees, weakening their immune systems and impairing their reproduction, the findings said. The EU prohibited the use of three so-called neonicotinoids except in greenhouses in April 2018. France has already outlawed all four insecticides and one other, including in greenhouses.

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