Greenpeace: Neonicotinoids pose risks to multiple species

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Neonicotinoid pesticides should be considered a serious threat not only to honeybees but also to many other species, according to a scientific review published today (12 January) by Greenpeace.

Following a risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claiming that clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam pose threats to bees, in May 2013, the European Commission decided to introduce a partial ban and restrict the use of the pesticides.

A new review, which was led by scientists at the University of Sussex, focused on scientific evidence published the last three years, analysing the impact of neonicotinoids on non-target organisms.

Multidimensional effects

Greenpeace noted that according to the new evidence, neonicotinoids not only pose risks to honeybees but that they have wider environmental implications, and threaten other species, such as bumblebees, butterflies and water insects.

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Greenpeace: Neonicotinoids pose risks to multiple species
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Neonicotinoid pesticides should be considered a serious threat not only to honeybees but also to many other species, according to a scientific review published today (12 January) by Greenpeace.

Following a risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claiming that clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam pose threats to bees, in May 2013, the European Commission decided to introduce a partial ban and restrict the use of the pesticides.

A new review, which was led by scientists at the University of Sussex, focused on scientific evidence published the last three years, analysing the impact of neonicotinoids on non-target organisms.

Multidimensional effects

Greenpeace noted that according to the new evidence, neonicotinoids not only pose risks to honeybees but that they have wider environmental implications, and threaten other species, such as bumblebees, butterflies and water insects.

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