Published On: Fri, Apr 27th, 2018

EU likely to impose a total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides


The member countries of the European Union will vote today on a sensitive proposal seeking a total ban on all kinds of neonicotinoid insecticides.

The aforementioned types of insecticides are the most common insecticides used across the world for the purpose of protecting crops from insects.

Several studies have proved that these insecticides badly affect the lifespan of pollinators such as honeybees and wild bees which play a vital role in the natural process of pollination.

Some prominent insecticide manufactures have condemned the proposal presented before the European Union with the assistance of scientific reports, alleging that scientists have no unanimous opinion in this matter and some even disagree with the findings of the reports presented to justify the claims.

If the proposal is passed by the Union, it will ban over ninety per cent of the total insecticides available in the European market, where the neonicotinoid insecticides have high demand at present.

There are rumours that if a ban is imposed on the neonicotinoid insecticides, the companies which manufacture these insecticides in order to avoid losses will definitely try to find customers in the third world countries to dump their products.

How can the third world countries overcome the forecasted threat?



Vignesh. S. G

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EU likely to impose a total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides