PARIS ‹ The European Commission will enact a two-year ban on a class of
pesticides thought to be harming global bee populations, the European
Union¹s health commissioner said Monday.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization notes that 71 of the 100
crops that provide 90 percent of human food are pollinated by bees.
Estimates of the value to those crops run to as much as $200 billion
Under the European measures, which take effect Dec. 1, there will be
sharp restrictions on three neonicotinoid pesticides ‹ clothianidin,
imidacloprid and thiametoxam ‹ for treating seeds, soil and leaves on
flowering crops attractive to bees, like corn, sunflowers and rapeseed,
the source of canola oil. The products may still be used on crops like
winter wheat for which the danger to bees is deemed to be small. Use by
home gardeners will be prohibited.
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