European Union’s ban of only 3 bee-killing pesticides is nothing compared to France’s new law that goes beyond protection of bee’s.
French Government has now set the benchmark in the effort to save the bees and prevent “ecological Armageddon globally.
They have decided to ban all 5 of the neonicotinoid pesticides that scientists are blaming for collapsing bee populations.
The move came not long after the European Union’s banned the three worst offenders — imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam, starting from last month.
France has banned these three chemicals that destroy the bee population along with thiacloprid and acetamiprid, in greenhouses and outdoors.
A recent study revealed that the chemical ‘neonicotinoids scrambles bees’ memory and homing skills and cuts sperm count. The study goes even further and suggests that bees can develop an addiction to these chemicals similar to smokers being addicted to nicotine.
Beekeepers and environmentalists celebrate the ban; however, some cereal and sugar beet farmers aren’t so happy since they say the ban could leave them helpless in protecting their crops against harmful insects, The Telegraph writes.
Synthetic neonicotinoids were first introduced in the mid-90s, and its chemical structure shares one of the nicotine where it attacks the central nervous system of insects.
Recently, The United Nations suggested that over 40 per cent of pollinators
face global extinction.
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