Clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam are three neonicotinoid pesticides freshly banned in the EU.
This is the conclusion of a meeting between 28 member states of the Union, this Friday. The latter was to decide on this trio of neurotoxic substances accused of destroying the nervous system of insects and therefore damaging the health of bees which are essential to our ecosystem.
These pesticides already created controversy in 2013 and were partially prohibited from the results of a study by theEFSA, the European Food Safety Agency. In 2015, the agency launched into further assessments to confirm, last February, the dramatic effects of these pesticides on honey bees as well as on wild bees.
This Friday morning, more than 50 people gathered at the Schuman roundabout in Brussels to protest against these pesticides, responding to the call of theNGO Avaaz.
Note that if these neonicotinoid substances are now banned, they remain authorized in the greenhouse, provided that they are not in contact with bees.