No 'neonics' ban for bees
Alex Sampson |
May 13, 2013
AUSTRALIA is unlikely to quickly follow the lead of Europe by banning neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bee populations.
Last week, the European Union placed a two-year ban on chemicals known as "neonics" due to the perceived risk to bee health.The chemicals include imidacloprid (sold as gaucho, provado and hombre in Australia), thiamethoxam (cruiser and actara) and Clothianidin (samurai).CropLife Australia, representing chemical companies, said there was no evidence neonics were the main or significant cause of bee colony collapse disorder.CropLife Australia chief executive Matthew Cossey said Australia had one of the healthiest bee populations in the world.Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority spokeswoman Susan Whitbread said neonics replaced old pesticide classes from the 1960s and 1970s which were more risky.