EURACTIV 19/12/19 Parliament urges cuts in pesticide use to save Europe’s pollinators. In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament called on the EU executive Commission to beef up its Pollinators Initiative, saying EU-wide mandatory pesticide reduction targets are needed to halt the decline in species.
The European Commission initiative, adopted in 2018, is not enough to protect bees, butterflies and other pollinators from the many causes of their decline, MEPs said in a resolution voted in Strasbourg on Wednesday (18 December). Intensive farming, pesticides, climate change, land-use changes, loss of habitat and invasive species are among the factors leading to the current fall in biodiversity. Since 1992, grassland butterflies and pollinators have declined by about 40%, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). The European Parliament welcomed the EU Pollinators Initiative but highlighted that, as it stands, it is not sufficient to protect bees and other pollinators. Call for mandatory targets [Edited by Frédéric Simon and Gerardo Fortuna]
Aise a-t-elle fauté? La justice a tranché DATA 11/07/19 Wild Bee Toxicity Data for Pesticide Risk Assessments.
BULLETIN OF THE CHEMISTS AND TECHNOLOGISTS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - 2016 - Determination of Pesticide Residues in Honey using GC-MS Technique. TRUTH OUT 02/08/15 Pesticides Are Killing Greece's Bees: Honey Industry Suffers Amid Broader Economic Turmoil. Dr.
Sofia Gounari and Maryam Henein (director of Vanishing of the Bees) inspect hives at Demokritos The National Centre for Scientific Research in Athens. (Photo: Jan Wellmann) The hot topic across global financial markets at the moment is Greece. People there are experiencing monetary woes, but it seems like their honeybees aren't doing too well either. Systemic pesticides are increasingly causing bee losses, and many would argue that the country now suffers from colony collapse disorder as well. The air smells of smoke and lemons, and the cicadas chirp steadily as I come upon 16 beehives clustered together in a dry field. The scent in the air is coming from lemon balm leaves, which associate researcher and apiculturist, Dr. "In the past, beekeepers added lemon juice in melted wax to attract swarms," says the 52-year-old. When I ask her if we can look at the bees, she expresses concern about my attire: a casual combination of shorts and a tank top.
MTT Agrifood Research Finland - 2014 - Impact of use of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bees in the cultivation on spring oilseed crops in Finland. GREENPEACE SUISSE 13/04/15 Etude scientifique européenne - Les pesticides tuent les abeilles. Etude scientifique européenne: les pesticides tuent les abeilles 13 avril, 2015 à 17:13 - Dans l'Union européenne (UE), les scientifiques rendent les pesticides responsables de la mort des abeilles.
Ils confirment ainsi le travail de Greenpeace. Les pesticides néonicotinoïdiques sont à l'origine de la mort des abeilles. ©Greenpeace/Dott Pour commencer, c'est l'OMS qui a sonné l'alarme contre l'herbicide total glyphosate; et maintenant, c'est le réseau Easac de scientifiques de l'UE qui dit clairement ce que Greenpeace dénonce depuis des années: les pesticides néonicotinoïdiques sont à l'origine de la mort des abeilles et d'une perte de la biodiversité.
Références EFSA concernant les pesticides et la santé des abeill. CERCETARI AGRONOMICE IN MOLAVA - 2014 - BIOASSAY OF INSECTICIDES AGAINST THREE HONEY BEE SPECIES IN LABORATORY CONDITIONS. Réponses parlementaires. Pesticides et santé des abeilles en Belgique. HOUSE OF COMMONS 18/11/11 Bees and their problemsContents3 Pesticides - Clothiandin 54 Pesticides – Neonicotinoids 6. PSD 25/02/10 Prosecution following honeybee deaths. Information Update: 04/2010 Issued: 25 February 2010 On 23 February 2010 at Ely Magistrates Court Magistrates Court following proceedings taken by the Health and Safety Executive, Mr Russell Calne, a professional pest controller pleaded guilty to two counts of a “failure to take all reasonable precautions” when using a pesticide.
The pesticide “Ficam D Dry Powder” contains the active substance bendiocarb and was used to treat a feral bee nest. Following his guilty plea Mr Calne was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1,500 costs. EUROPE 29/04/13 Bees & Pesticides: Commission to proceed with plan to better protect bees. European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 April 2013 Bees & Pesticides: Commission to proceed with plan to better protect bees Today, EU Member States did not reach a qualified majority – either in favour or against - in the Appeal Committee1 which discussed a Commission proposal to restrict the use of 3 neonicotinoid insecticides.
Tonio Borg, Health and Consumer Commissioner, said: "Although a majority of Member States now supports our proposal, the necessary qualified majority was not reached. 15 Member States supported the restriction, 8 Member States voted against and 4 Member States abstained during the appeal committee vote. Main elements of the proposal The proposal restricts the use of 3 neonicotinoids (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for seed treatment, soil application (granules) and foliar treatment on bee attractive plants and cereals.
In addition, the remaining authorised uses are available only to professionals. The restrictions will apply from 1 December 2013.