Friday, 8 June 2012

France to ban oilseed pesticide to protect bees

More evidence to the danger from evaluate neonicotinoid pesticides
June 2012. French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll has outlined plans to ban Cruiser OSR, a neonicotinoid pesticide, and has officially asked the EU Commission to re-evaluate neonicotinoid pesticides to increase protection for bees.
Used on oilseed rape
Cruiser OSR is a pesticide containing the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam and is used as a seed coating in oilseed rape crops. This product is available for commercial use in the UK. A recent study by Mickael Henry from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (Inra) in Avignon, found that thiamethoxam affects the foraging ability of bees.
Matt Shardlow, Buglife Chief Executive Officer, said "France has reacted quickly and properly to new evidence that a pesticide is likely to damage bees. In contrast the UK Government's head is in the sand on the neonicotinoid pesticides issue, preferring to defer decision making until they are presented with a hypothetical - but virtually unachievable - level of scientific proof. This is a policy that protects the pesticide industry but does not protect the public and the environment. A more precautionary path must be found so that our wild bumblebees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies can pollinate flowers safely".

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