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EU seeks two-year ban on neonicotinoids

12:15 PM MST | February 1, 2013

The European Commission said on Thursday that it wants EU member states to suspend for two years the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides on sunflowers, rapeseed, corn and cotton, and crops attractive to honeybees, and to prohibit the sale and use of seeds treated with products containing these agricultural chemicals. The three insecticides, among the most commonly used agchems, are clothianidin and imidacloprid, both produced by Bayer CropScience, and the Syngenta product thiamethoxam (TMX). “These are proportionate measures. We are giving the member states...

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