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EU scientists warn neonics impact goes beyond bees

There is an “increasing body of evidence” that the widespread prophylactic use of neonicotinoid insecticides has “severe effects” on a range of beneficial insects, not just honey bees, concludes a report by the European Science Academies (EASAC). “A focus on honey bees has distorted the debate around neonicotinoids,” the EASAC says. Studying honey bee colony numbers does not show what is happening to other pollinators and insects that provide natural pest control, it adds.



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