This is perhaps useful for all of us to know and understand. The partial two year EU pesticide moratorium came to an end in January this year.
I couldn’t find any statements or results of the official government out come so I contacted Dave Goulson (British biologist, conservationist, and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex) who informed me that the EFSA – the European food safety authority are not now likely to produce a recommendation on neonics until September.
It must be said the UK voted against the moratorium but the EU enforced that.
Sadly bees are rather attracted to crops treated with neonics, they actually like the buzz…So in a nutshell: the partial ban is still in place for certain cropping situations as the lobbying from both sides continues.
So the EU commission review on safety (which could go either way ) ended in January 2017 after the 2 year partial ban.
There is now a proven body of science and evidence that undeniably proves these pesticides have had an acute and detrimental effect on our pollinators.
However the Guardian recently reported a story that the EU is proposing an outright ban on all neonics which would be wonderful for all our sakes!
Dave Goulson has just completed his latest science on garden flowers and pesticides, that will be released in a few weeks..
It will cause quite a stir – the Daily Mail are planning to run a story on it. So it’s looking like common sense might prevail in the future, I so hope so for all our sakes.
Many of our insect eating birds species have plummeted. As yet there has been no work on neonics in water margins and the decline of fresh water invertebrates.
There is no evidence to back up claims on farmers yields either, there is much hearsay certainly in the science world that farmers have been miss sold expensive pesticides.
Perhaps integrated pest management control would be better, only using a pesticide when there is a real problem.
Although we need to increase food production we currently waste 40% of what we grow and 30% of food produced.
Fact is there is already enough food to feed every body.