Greenpeace officials announced that Europe should take active measures to ban the dangerous pesticides which harm not just the bees, but also the agriculture. A group of experts from the University of Sussex issued a report revealing the threat of neonicotinoid pesticides.
In 2013, the EU concluded that those pesticides were dangerous and decided to adopt a partial ban. However, the latest study has shown that they are more harmful than most people thought. Although the use of chemical substances came in handy for many farmers, there has always been a common misconception among them that these chemicals are not so dangerous.
The researchers underline that three neonicotinoids, such as a thiamethoxam, imidacloprid, and clothianidin, pose substantial risks to many other species of plants, birds, and other animals, besides bees. According to the latest review from November last year, 80 percent of the world’s crops and 1.4 billion jobs rely on pollinators, especially bees.
Around 20k bee species pollinate over 90 percent of the 107 primary crops worldwide. in 2017, The UN officials said that 40 percent of invertebrate pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, are on the verge of extinction.
In addition, a strange phenomenon, known as “colony collapse disorder,” had a devastating effect on the bee populations in North America and Europe. The experts suspect that this problem was caused by combined environmental factors, including pesticides, viruses, a fungus, and mites.
Greenpeace officials explain that these pollinators are endangered, and they won’t recover without help. The researchers reviewed countless scientific studies starting from 2013 and concluded that neonicotinoids had a detrimental effect on many plants, wild bees, animals, and other insects.
According to Dave Goulson, co-author of the latest study, the situation is worse than three years ago when the EU adopted the partial ban. In other words, this law has proven to be inefficient or not strict enough.
Goulson added that neonicotinoids are linked to the decline of aquatic insects, birds, and butterflies as well. As such, this ban should be extended from partial to total. The EU officials say that they take this matter seriously and that they will do their best to protect and preserve the bees and other pollinators. The EU will take a decision after the researchers have finalized their evaluation.