Neonicotinoids Banned by European Commission (EC)

Across the world there has been great concern that neonicotinoids are destroying bee populations.

In response to these concerns, the EC recently requested a study on neonicotinoid product safety.  The European Food Safety Authority published the study results in January 2013 and concluded that previous industry-sponsored studies were flawed. The study results showed that neonicotinoids pose an unacceptably high risk to bees.

neonicotinoids are limiting pollination effectivenessHoney bees are pollinators! Without the spread of pollen from bees and other pollinators, plants aren’t fertilized and are unable to reproduce / make fruit or seeds.   

The Recommendation

On April 29, 2013, The European Commission recommended a 2-year band on the use of neonicotinoids across the European Union.  This new law will prevent the use of imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam on flowering plants for two years unless compelling scientific evidence comes out that says the chemicals are safe.

Bayer Cropscience, which makes two of the three products banned, said “Bayer remains convinced neonicotinoids are safe for bees, when used responsibly and properly” and that “clear scientific evidence has taken a back-seat in the decision-making process.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. EPA had initiated a periodic review process and is re-evaluating the safety of neonicotinoids but the process takes years.  The earliest verdict will come in a couple of years.

The bottom line

In taking care of our turf (lawns, sports fields, golf courses) or agricultural land, there are alternatives that don’t cause harmful impacts to our ecosystem.  At ReeCourse Golf products, we distribute all natural and SAFE turf care products. It is possible to use ecofriendly turf care products and still get the results you and your customers expect.

Contact me at ReeCourse Golf for more information!

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