Bayer loses court fight over EU pesticidesEuropost
The German chemical conglomerate Bayer lost an appeal in EU court against a ban related to the usage of pesticides amid growing concerns linked to the extinction on bees, Reuters reported. The European Union's top court upheld the EU's partial ban on insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops. Bayer appealed to overturn a lower EU court's 2018 decision to uphold the EU ban.
The ruling covers three active substances - imidacloprid developed by Bayer CropScience, clothianidin developed by Takeda Chemical Industries and Bayer CropScience, as well as Syngenta’s thiamethoxam. The EU’s 2013 decision imposed limits on the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam, saying they were “harmful” to Europe’s honeybee population when used to treat flowering plants with nectar that attracts the insects. The court said the commission “is entitled to consider that a risk to the colonies could not be ruled out” even if there is “scientific uncertainty at this stage as to the rate of mortality of individual bees.”
EU governments in 2018 voted in favor of widening the ban of neonicotinoids to apply everywhere, except for greenhouses. The commission has described the chemicals as “systemic,” causing the entire plant to become toxic to bees.