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Neonicotinoids

Updated: Apr 6, 2022



The impact of pesticides has been a hot topic of debate, after various studies a couple of years ago concluded noenicitinoids use threatens pollinating insects, especially bees. This resulted in the European union banning the use of these pesticides in the industry creating a controversial situation, as a complete ban of this pesticide staple will have a detrimental effect on the industry. Estimates determine the EU sugar industry having yield losses of up to 50% due to the ban. One could argue any amount of initial loss within the industry is worth the protection of such crucial pollinators though, A BBC documentary ‘What if Bees Went Extinct?’ reveals bees pollinate 70 out of 100 crops that feed 90% of the world!

Pesticides don’t just harm insects though. A guardian article reported that the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) will have to ban widely used pesticides in the US too, because they are linked to disabilities in children.


Regardless of the recent debate and unlimited scientific evidence, the Health and Safety executive in Britain has allowed the emergency use of noenicitinoids in the production of Sugar Beet earlier this year, much to the annoyance of environmental charities and Bee lovers. And the Environmental protection agency in the US is currently reviewing noenic use, with a possible use extension of 15 years if cleared.


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