The European Commission will ban the killing of bees!
How Guardian writes, part of the members of the European Commission,
concerned about a dramatic decline in the bee population, have drafted legislation that would completely ban the use of pesticides that are risky for bees. The ban could come into force this year if approved by the European Parliament.
Bees are responsible for spraying even 85% of the crop on the planet. In recent decades forgets to this vital role of bees in the agro-industry. By using more and more pesticides, so that the plants were protected from other types of insects that attack them, the bees are on the verge of extinction.
The battle is waged between those who want to keep the use of pesticides because they believe that this is the only way to protect crops and those who believe that the bees at all costs, must protect.
“The amount of scientific evidence on the toxicity of these insecticides is so high that there is no way these chemicals should remain on the market,” said Martin Dermine, at Pesticide Action Network Europe.
What are Neonicotinoids?
In 2013. the European Commission has imposed a temporary ban on the use of neonicotinoids, a pesticide that has been charged with the real harm to the bees. Neonicotinoids are charged for huge losses in the number of queen bees produced and big rises in the numbers of “disappeared” bees – those that fail to return from foraging trips. Special three types of this pesticide: thiamethoxam, clothianidin, and imidacloprid – posed an unacceptable risk to bees.
Although it has not been officially designated as the main culprit for the dying bee, detailed study results are expected soon. If this proves to be true, it is very likely that the European Commission proposal to be approved and will be put on the ban of the pesticide Binding.
Political decision or real threat?
One of represents pesticide makers in the UK, Sarah Mukherjee, from Crop Protection Association, said: “We are disappointed with this [EC] proposal, which seems more of a political judgment than sound science.”
According to UN food and pollution experts, global corporations that manufacture pesticides
“systematic denial of harms”, use “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics” and heavy lobbying of governments. Reports presented this march to the UN human rights council says that pesticides have “catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health, and society as a whole”.
More than that, a report said: “Chronic human exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, hormone disruption, developmental disorders, and sterility.”
But, the chemical industry has warned that a ban on neonicotinoids would lead to the return of older, more harmful pesticides as in spray-based pesticides (pyrethroids). They say such alternatives could harm bees, soil-dwelling insects, and spiders, and lead to higher genetic resistance to pesticides among crop-eating insects.
“We are much less concerned about pyrethroids than neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids have a higher persistence in the environment, and are generally a more toxic option.” – said chief executive from charity Buglife, Matt Shardlow.
Are pesticides deserving of the world’s global environmental catastrophe remains still to be discovered?
What is your opinion? Do you need to prohibit the use of certain pesticides or there are other ways to keep bees?