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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Pesticide producer challenges EC ban decision

On 27th August, one of the main seeds and chemicals producers, Syngenta, has launched a legal challenge against the European Commission’s (EC) decision to temporarily ban neonicotinoid pesticides over fears to harm bees.
The pesticide producer claims the ban was imposed without the full support of EU countries. In addition, it judges that assessment of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on which the decision is based, is “inaccurate and incomplete”. It says that EC and EFSA wrongly link pesticides to the decline in bee health.
Greenpeace spokesperson Mark Breddy reacted by saying that Syngenta continues to ignore scientific evidence. Green NGOs have hailed the EU ban, citing evidence from scientific journals that the neonicotinoids damaged the nervous systems of bees and other pollinators. Around a third of the world’s food crops directly depend on natural pollination from bees and other animals.

Source: Euractiv

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