European safety authority says nicotine-based pesticides kill bees

European safety authority says nicotine-based pesticides kill bees


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Apiarists have long known that pesticides are harmful to bumblebees, solitary bees, and honeybees. but a new definitive study by the European Safety Authority published on February 28 has concluded that nicotine-based pesticides are killing the bee populations across Europe.

Research carried out in 2013 found that nicotine-based pesticides are directly linked with the decreasing bee population seen across Europe. Approximately 80% of pollination is dependent on insects, especially bees.

Nicotinoid-based pesticides are made from Bayer and Syngenta but were banned by the EU in 2014. The EFSA report will call for a renewal of the ban from by the Council of Ministers.

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