France sets the benchmark banning all five bee-killing pesticides
This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
France has become the first country to ban all five neonicotinoid pesticides linked to bee deaths.
The move goes further than the EU’s ruling that only outlaws three bee-killing pesticides. The French action also bans the use of the chemicals not just outdoors but in greenhouses too. Setting the benchmark, it is hoped that other nations will follow and help prevent an ecological armageddon where ecosystems supported by insects collapse.
The United Nations warned in 2019 that 40% of pollinators – particularly bee’s and butterflies – risk global extinction. Studies have shown that neonicotinoids cut bee’s sperm count, damage their memory and disrupt their homing capabilities.