The EU has come under fire this week after analysis has shown it allowed emergency authorizations of banned pesticides that are a direct threat to bee’s the Guardian newspaper has reported.
Research carried out by ClientEarth has revealed that major chemical industry companies lobbied for the authorisation.
Three neonicotinoid pesticides were banned by the EU in 2013 after it emerged they were a direct threat to bee populations.
The neonicotinoid family includes imidacloprid the most widely used insecticide in the world.
Part of the ruling allowed for limited exceptions to the ban to be used in the case of emergencies.
Countries were then to notify Brussels that they had allowed this however the Guardian reports that this scrutiny has been lacking.
Half of the requests filed for use of the chemicals were from industry not farmers.
And research has shown that 82% of country notifications did not show any direct evidence of instances of threat or emergency situations.
A report by ClientEarth discovered the findings and one of its authors Dominique Doyle said:
‘Our interpretation is that the derogations requested solely by industry are not in line with the aims of the directive and are illegal – all 44% of them. They should have been refused by the commission.”
Bees are one of the foundation insects and pollinators for many fruits and vegetables.
We will be covering this issue in more detail on the TF Podcast so stay tuned.