European Commission proposes partial ban on bee poisoning Neonicotinoid insecticides

Wednesday 14th March 2012

Today, the European Commission proposed a substantial ban on three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. They intend to ban use on crops that are ‘attractive to bees’, such as oilseed rape and maize. This follows a recent report by the European Food Safety Authority that confirmed that these toxins are a high risk to bees.