Robert Sturdy, MP The European Commission has presented draft proposals recommending the end of three vital insecticides, Mr Sturdy, MEP for this region, says.
The EU proposals follow a report by the European Food Safety Authority into the affect these chemical products have on bee health. Three insecticides would be affected, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam. The Commission proposes that farmers would be banned from using these neonicotinoid insecticides on crops that are attractive to bees including rapeseed, sunflowers, maize and cotton.
If the Member States of the EU agree with this discussion paper, then the Commission would like the ban in place by July and for it to be in effect for two years before a review.
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) after reviewing the evidence last year, rejected a ban on neonicotinoids. It stated that the evidence was not conclusive and that further research was required before changing any legislation."
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