Bee-Killing Pesticides that the EU Banned: Gone for Good?
|December 30, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
This 2013 excerpt of Grist, Dec 24, by Heather Smith.
On April 29, the European Union voted to ban three of the most widely used pesticides in the world. The ban on clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam — collectively called neonicotinoids – was specifically aimed at seeing if this class of pesticide was indeed making honeybees too stupid to find their way back to the hive, as some studies suggested.
The EU ban came with many exceptions: The ban was only for two years. It did not ban all neonicotinoids; even the ones that were banned could still be applied to crops like winter wheat, because honeybees don’t fly in the winter and could care less about wheat. Greenhouses were also exempt from the ban.
The ban on likely bee-killing pesticides starts on Dec.1; so the seeds for 2014′s harvest were soaked and planted months ago, and neonicotinoids can persist in the soil for years.
Ed. Notes: However feeble, it is still a step in the right direction, toward defense of nature. Still, it is ironic that those who care must struggle to defend nature (including the human species) while those whose priority is to make a buck heedless of others don’t have to struggle at all; it is completely legal to alter nature for profit, without having demonstrated in advance that such alterations are totally safe, and expect no negative feedback from government, indeed, just the opposite, a forgiving and encouraging government. It’s an attitude and values embodied in the corporate charter whose salient power is to limit the liability of those making the decisions to profit at nature’s (and our) expense. Government should get out of the business of limiting liability, forcing business to buy insurance and to simply be more careful, which would totally reverse the present business mindset.