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#Save the bees! Help ban the neonics

WECF and European Save the Bee Coalition call for a comprehensive ban on neonicotinoids

10.07.2017


Countries: European Union
Donors: PAN Europe
Issues: Chemicals & Health: Biodiversity & Food;
Duration: 01/2017 - 12/2017

The Save the Bees Coalition is a platform of European NGOs working to achieve a ban on neonicotinoids in the European Union. The Coalition also aims at implementing a better protection of pollinators against pesticides in general.

The goal of the coalition is to bring together civil society organisations from all European Union (EU) countries so as to join efforts at local, regional, national and European levels in order to obtain a full ban on neonicotinoids, and a European pesticide policy that ends the use of bee-harming pesticides in Europe. Neonicotinoid insecticides include imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, thiacloprid and acetamiprid.

Visit the Save the Bee Coalition website: www.beecoalition.eu

Background

For years, researchers have been observing global beekeeping with increasing unrest. One reason for this is the use of pesticides in agriculture. According to the German Beekeepers Association, the number of bee peoples has been reduced by almost 60% since the 1950s. The animals pollinate around 80 percent of our useful and wild plants - without bees, fruits and vegetables would become luxury goods.

In the light of the latest scientific findings and the clear assessment of EFSA www.efsa.europa.eu, the EU needs urgent action to ban pesticides such as imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. It is worrying that not only these three active substances present a high risk for bees. Also in the case of deltamethrin, cypermethrin and chlorpyrifos, it has been shown that these substances acutely affect bees even at low concentrations and damage their health.

Our chance in 2017: A comprehensive ban on three substances
The EU is currently examining applications for renewal of the EU authorizations for these substances. The earlier authorization of such bee-pesticides was based on an incomplete risk assessment that did not take into account the sublethal and chronic effects on honey bees, bumble bees and single bees. The new EFSA Guidelines, adopted in 2013, now also cover these risks. It is the result of a thorough scientific work and exemplary efforts by EFSA to work with stakeholders and independent experts to incorporate the latest scientific findings.

WECF therefore calls on the EU Commission to use the EFSA guide to assess the risks posed by pesticide pests and to ban imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam completely.

What are we doing?
WECF supports the European Save the Bee Coalition https://www.beecoalition.eu/
WECF calls for the support of a ban on neonics from the German federal government

What can you do? Join in, you become a member of the Bee Coalition
https://www.beecoalition.eu/
More information (in English) is available at PAN Europe:
http://www.pan-europe.info/



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