The European Commission, following a vote by European Union member states today, will proceed with a plan to restrict the use of three neonicotinoids used as insecticides on a variety of crops, including sunflowers, corn, and canola. The restriction will be in place for two years. Neonicotinoids are nicotine-like chemicals that act on the nervous system and are allegedly harmful to honey bees. The compounds are clothianidin and imidachloprid, each produced by Bayer CropScience; and the Syngenta product thiametoxam (TMX). Some restrictions are already in place...
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