Insecticides http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26295/all en Syngenta, Bayer pesticides pose honeybee threat -EFSA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/syngenta-bayer-pesticides-pose-honeybee-threat-efsa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* EU scientists warn against use in maize, rapeseed crops</p> <p>* No link found between pesticides and bee colony collapse</p> <p>* Commission says will take action if findings confirmed</p> <p>* Pesticide makers say ban would hurt farm jobs, income</p> <p>By Charlie Dunmore</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/syngenta-bayer-pesticides-pose-honeybee-threat-efsa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Disaster Insecticides Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:30:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735208 at http://www.globalpost.com EU urges two-year ban on 'disturbing' bee insecticides http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/eu-urges-two-year-ban-disturbing-bee-insecticides <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The EU urged national governments on Thursday to ban pesticides deemed dangerous to bees by scientific experts in a bid to prevent a disastrous collapse in colony numbers for an insect considered vital to the integrity of the human food chain.</p> <p>European Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent said the European Union executive had proposed a "two-year ban" on the use of three so-called neonicotinoid insecticides used in maize, rapeseed, sunflower and cotton cultivation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/eu-urges-two-year-ban-disturbing-bee-insecticides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Insecticides Pest control AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:45:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5741872 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-EU Commission wants curbs on pesticides to protect bees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-2-eu-commission-wants-curbs-pesticides-protect-bees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Commission seeks pesticide restrictions</p> <p>* Working towards March regulation</p> <p>* Implementation by 1 July 2013</p> <p>* Makes exception for 2013 maize crops (Adds background, Syngenta comments)</p> <p>By Claire Davenport</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Thursday it wanted EU member states restrict the use of pesticides linked to the decline of bees.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-2-eu-commission-wants-curbs-pesticides-protect-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Insecticides Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:31:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741964 at http://www.globalpost.com Agrichemical giant Syngenta faults EU bee plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/agrichemical-giant-syngenta-faults-eu-bee-plans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Swiss-based agrichemical giant Syngenta on Friday urged Brussels to withdraw plans to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, saying blaming them for the death of bees was wrongheaded.</p> <p>Syngenta said that a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report on the risks to bees posed by such pesticides was "fundamentally flawed".</p> <p>The EFSA report formed the basis of plans by the European Commission -- the Brussels-based executive of the 27-nation European Union -- to rein in the use of the pesticides.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/agrichemical-giant-syngenta-faults-eu-bee-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Insecticides Syngenta AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:31:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756523 at http://www.globalpost.com Agrichemical giant Syngenta faults EU bee plan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/agrichemical-giant-syngenta-faults-eu-bee-plan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Swiss-based agrichemical giant Syngenta on Friday urged Brussels to withdraw plans to slap a two-year ban on so-called neonicotinoid pesticides, saying blaming them for bee deaths was wrongheaded.</p> <p>Syngenta said that a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report on the risks posed to bees was "fundamentally flawed".</p> <p>The European Commission -- the Brussels-based executive of the 27-nation European Union -- aims to rein in the use of such pesticides in a bid to prevent a disastrous collapse in population of an insect considered vital to the food chain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/agrichemical-giant-syngenta-faults-eu-bee-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Insecticides Syngenta AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:30:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756596 at http://www.globalpost.com EU aims for fresh vote to ban insecticides harmful to bees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/eu-aims-fresh-vote-ban-insecticides-harmful-bees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The European Commission said Tuesday it will try again to get member states to back a two-year ban on insecticides harmful to bees whose numbers have been in sharp and worrying decline.</p> <p>EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg told EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels that he wanted to revisit the issue after the measure failed to get enough votes from national experts on a committee.</p> <p>"The Commission still envisages to have measures in place" by July 1, Borg's spokesman said, adding that the issue will now go to an appeal committee after further discussions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/eu-aims-fresh-vote-ban-insecticides-harmful-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Insecticides Neonicotinoid AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:46:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787744 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands of pesticides dodge US regulation: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/thousands-pesticides-dodge-us-regulation-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands of pesticides are allowed onto the US market without rigorous safety testing, putting people, animals and crop pollinators like bees at risk, a US environmental group said Wednesday.</p> <p>The Natural Resources Defense Council said the culprit is a congressional loophole dating back to 1978, which has allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to approve more than 10,000 pesticides with minimal testing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/thousands-pesticides-dodge-us-regulation-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Insecticides AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:48:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795529 at http://www.globalpost.com US regulators under fire over bee-toxic pesticides http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/us-regulators-under-fire-over-bee-toxic-pesticides <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US environmental regulators are under fire from beekeepers and conservationists who say they are failing to vet risky pesticides that put people and valuable crop pollinators like bees in peril.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a scathing report of the Environmental Protection Agency's record of using a loophole to allow more than 10,000 "untested or under-tested" pesticides on the market.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/us-regulators-under-fire-over-bee-toxic-pesticides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Disaster Environmental Protection Agency Insecticides Technology AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:00:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795696 at http://www.globalpost.com US regulators under fire over bee-toxic pesticides http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/us-regulators-under-fire-over-bee-toxic-pesticides-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US environmental regulators are under fire from beekeepers and conservationists who say they are failing to vet risky pesticides that put people and valuable crop pollinators like bees in peril.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a scathing report of the Environmental Protection Agency's record of using a loophole to allow more than 10,000 "untested or under-tested" pesticides on the market.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/us-regulators-under-fire-over-bee-toxic-pesticides-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Disaster Environmental Protection Agency Insecticides Technology AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:01:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795787 at http://www.globalpost.com Greenpeace protest over bee deaths at Swiss firm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/greenpeace-protest-over-bee-deaths-at-swiss-firm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Greenpeace activists claiming pesticides decimate bee populations protested Wednesday at the headquarters of Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta, hanging a huge banner outside.</p> <p>The banner, reading "Syngenta Pesticides Kill Bees!", was unfurled by Greenpeace environmental campaigners who scaled the company's headquarters in the northern Swiss city of Basel.</p> <p>Greenpeace has demanded that Switzerland follow the lead of neighbours France, Germany and Italy in banning the contested pesticides, which are also forbidden in Slovenia.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/greenpeace-protest-over-bee-deaths-at-swiss-firm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Insecticides AFP Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:45:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5818137 at http://www.globalpost.com Life is sweet for beekepers in Greece, but for how long? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/life-sweet-beekepers-greece-how-long <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The rosemary season has ended, but sage is in full bloom.</p> <p>In the fragrant hills of the Peloponnese in southern Greece, after a few sharp turns along a path, Nikos Reppas' old car arrives at bee heaven: a field full of violet hyacinths, close to the prehistoric ruins of Mycenae.</p> <p>Since antiquity, when according to Greek mythology the god of love Eros dipped his arrows into honey before shooting them, the golden liquid has been flowing in abundance in this country, free of genetic modification and gleaned from vast, uncultivated lands.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/life-sweet-beekepers-greece-how-long" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Insecticides AFP Sun, 21 Apr 2013 04:30:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5821376 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED: Life is sweet for beekepers in Greece, but for how long? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/corrected-life-sweet-beekepers-greece-how-long <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The rosemary season has ended, but sage is in full bloom.</p> <p>In the fragrant hills of the Peloponnese in southern Greece, after a few sharp turns along a path, Nikos Reppas' old car arrives at bee heaven: a field full of violet hyacinths, close to the prehistoric ruins of Mycenae.</p> <p>Since antiquity, when according to Greek mythology the god of love Eros dipped his arrows into honey before shooting them, the golden liquid has been flowing in abundance in this country, free of genetic modification and gleaned from vast, uncultivated lands.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/corrected-life-sweet-beekepers-greece-how-long" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Insecticides AFP Sun, 21 Apr 2013 05:30:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5821389 at http://www.globalpost.com EU set to ban pesticides blamed for decline of bees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/eu-set-ban-pesticides-blamed-decline-bees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The EU appears set to impose a two-year ban on the use of insecticides blamed for a sharp and worrying decline in bee populations, an EU source said Thursday.</p> <p>A committee of experts is due to vote Monday on the ban in an effort to protect bees and other insects which play an indispensible role in food production through plant pollination.</p> <p>A vote earlier this year failed to produce a large enough qualified majority in favour, forcing the European Commission to try a second time. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/eu-set-ban-pesticides-blamed-decline-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Insecticides Pest control AFP Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:16:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825215 at http://www.globalpost.com EU eyes pesticide ban over bee scare http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/eu-eyes-pesticide-ban-over-bee-scare <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A key committee of EU experts was meeting on Monday to mull a two-year ban on pesticides blamed for a sharp and worrying decline in bee populations.</p> <p>European Union sources have told AFP that a decision to suspend the use of certain pesticides is likely following the closed-door talks between experts from the 27 member nations that kicked off at 0800 GMT.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/eu-eyes-pesticide-ban-over-bee-scare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Insecticides Technology AFP Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:30:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5827542 at http://www.globalpost.com EU regulator suspects BASF insecticide of harming bees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130527/eu-regulator-suspects-basf-insecticide-harming-bees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Union's food safety regulator has added a BASF insecticide to the list of crop chemicals it suspects of playing a role in declining bee populations.</p> <p>The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a statement on Monday that BASF's fipronil poses an "acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize", citing dust drift in particular.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130527/eu-regulator-suspects-basf-insecticide-harming-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Chemistry Insecticides Thomson Reuters Mon, 27 May 2013 23:15:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5847104 at http://www.globalpost.com