Recently, Bayer launched its new transparency website, designed to share safety-related data about its crop protection products, which was previously only disclosed to regulatory authorities. You can find the summaries of safety-related study reports for a significant number of active substances on this website. Based upon these, Bayer will enable non-commercial access to the respective safety-related study reports, commencing with reports on the neonicotinoid, imidacloprid. Background material such as videos and infographics are provided to help put regulatory science into context. In this way, the company wants to foster an open and transparent dialog with customers and the general public on questions related to safety.
Crop protection products (pesticides) undergo years of safety testing before they can be approved for use on the market. Despite this, certain sections of the public, and environmental activists in particular, believe neonicotinoid insecticides are responsible for an alleged increase in honey bee mortality or colony losses.
So, are you curious to learn what the scientific evidence has to say about the bee safety of neonicotinoids, such as imidacloprid? Whether they are considered safe to bees while protecting crops from pest damage?
If you are simply interested in following the discussion, or just want to understand the work needed to get a product to market, this is a valuable new resource where you can learn what the regulatory studies have to say, now available to you via the Transparency website.
You can find The Transparency website here.
In addition, our BEEINFOrmed on “The Science of Bee Testing and Pesticide Risk Assessment” may also be of interest.