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Monday, April 29, 2013

More chemophobia from the EU: banning pesticide to save bees?

Posted by on April 29, 2013
The regulators in Europe continue to ban chemicals at the drop of a rat. In the latest instance, the head of the European Commission has decided to take it upon himself to ban a class of pesticide called “neonicotinoids,” on the slimmest evidence that this class of chemicals might have contributed to the loss of bee colonies, known as “colony collapse disorder.”
The 27 countries of the EU failed to agree on a majority vote for the ban, so the head of the EC, Tonnio Borg, has indicated the ban will go into effect in December of this year, by his edict (termed technically a “moratorium,” the effect will be the same as a ban).  The consensus of scientific studies point to a virus spread by a parasitic mite called the Varroa as a prime suspect in fueling the decline in bee colonies, but given Europe’s devotion to the precautionary principle, wherein even a suspicion of adverse effects of a chemical is generally enough to initiate stringent regulation, the momentum for a “neonic” ban proved irresistible, despite statements in opposition by, for example, the British Beekeepers Association….To Read More

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