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Warning of EU impact if neonicotinoids lost

If the EU decides to ban the use of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments, the impact on the region’s economy could amount to €4,500 million ($5,900 million), with the loss of “at least” 50,000 farm jobs. This is the stark warning of a report from the Germany-based international think-tank, the Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture (Berlin). It was released in advance of a scientific review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the effects of neonicotinoids on bee survival and behaviour. The EFSA’s report, originally due in December, was requested by the European Commission and will cover thiamethoxam, clothianidin, imidacloprid, acetamiprid and thiacloprid ( Agrow No 642, p 10).

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