French Beekeepers (UNAF) Victory Against Neonicotinoid Pesticide

24th Jan 2011

French beekeepers announced a victory against authorization of the Syngenta pesticide, CRUISER® - the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam.

Meanwhile in the UK, Martin Caton proposed an Early Day Motion to suspend neonicotinoids "pending more exhaustive tests and the development of international methodologies for properly assessing the long-term effects of systemic pesticides on invertebrate populations". DEFRA deny the regulatory system needs to be changed in order to adequately test the safety of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Thiamethoxam is used in the UK. In 2009 alone, 935kg of Thiamethoxam was used on 20,696 ha of land, according to Fera statistics.

Of course, other neonciotinoids are used in the UK, including Clothianidin, at the route of a scandal involving a leaked EPA document in the USA. The leaked EPA document can be downloaded here (PDF - opens new window).

Update: 2016/17:

Did France ban neonics?

Well.....sort of...Read

A press release from the French Beekeepers Association said:

"The National Union of French Beekeeping (UNAF) todayannounced victory at the Council of State for France, againstauthorization of the pesticide CRUISER®UNAF requested the cancellation of three annual decisions to allow CRUISER 350, andthe condemnation of the Ministry of Agriculture, at a Special Public Hearing of theCouncil of State of France.The Council of State today, Monday, January 24, 2011 at 14:00 hours, heard threeapplications from UNAF, presented by their lawyer Bernard Fau, against theauthorization decisions of CRUISER 350, that French and European beekeepers havebeen denouncing for years because of its devastating effects on bees and all pollinators..... Read more here (PDF file, opens new window)

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