Restrictions on certain uses of neonicotinoids came into force in Europe in December 2013. But since the restriction was imposed, more and more experts have questioned whether the restriction will really help improve bee health.
Dr. Michael Flüh, who heads the chemical unit in the EU Health and consumer directorate-General at the European Commission, is one of them. What he said in April 2014 sheds an interesting light on the EU decision: “Pesticides are just one of several factors that are impacting bees. Others such as changing climate, biodiversity, food availability, pests and diseases cannot be tackled through a basic legal act.”
He draws the conclusion that the “recent suspension of certain uses of neonicotinoid insecticides was not imposed because they are the main threat to bee health but because they were the only factor that could be quickly regulated by the European Commission.”
Was the EC’s decision a classic case of premature political activism? Read more about the doubts that have arisen on many fronts in the second article of our BEEINFOrmed series.
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