Volume 91 Issue 35 | p. 15 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 2, 2013 | Web Date: August 29, 2013

European Commission Pesticide Ban Is Challenged

Lawsuit: Bayer, Syngenta say chemicals are wrongly linked to bee deaths
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: neonicotinoid pesticides, bees, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, European Commission

Agrochemical companies Bayer CropScience and Syngenta Crop Protection are challenging the European Commission’s May 2013 decision to ban the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides—clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam—on crops that attract bees. In two legal cases filed against the EC in August, the firms claim that the pesticides, used to protect plants from crop-destroying insects, are wrongly linked to bee deaths.

“We believe that the decision of the EC is unjustified, . . .

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