The world has recently awakened to yet another negative effect of excessive pesticide use. In several places, the population of the bees has been drastically coming down which significantly signifies impending doom.
Even after realizing the perils, not all nations have taken remedial measures. Some have also decided to sanction newer chemicals that are expected to be even more disastrous in this regard. Nevertheless, France is not going to sit quietly.
The nation is on track to becoming the first European country to ban five varieties of pesticides. Researchers are convinced that those neonicotinoids are very harmful as they’re killing the bees.
In the wake of such a radical decision, there’ve been reactions from many sides. There is no doubt that bee-keepers and environmentalists are utterly elated at the decision. Nevertheless, sugar beet and cereal farmers aren’t very excited about it. They worry that the ban will make their crops vulnerable to other insects and pests.
Through the enforcement of this ban, France has moved beyond the clear boundaries set by the European Union. While the EU had outlawed only three neonicotinoids, the country went on to ban all five of them.
Furthermore, this ban is applicable not only in outdoor fields but within greenhouses too.
Britain had initially opposed this ban. Eventually, though they came around after more evidence surfaced supporting this. More so, after researchers found out that these pesticides cause the mysterious “colony collapse disaster” among bees in Europe and elsewhere.
In this phenomenon, big communities of bees suddenly die. Apart from the pesticides, this might also be caused by fungi, viruses, and mites.
Furthermore, the bees have been seen to get addicted to these harmful pesticides; just like we’re addicted to nicotine or other similar substances.
Those synthetic neonicotinoids have a similar structure to nicotine. Since their introduction in the mid-90s, those chemicals have been attacking the insects’ central nervous systems.