For immediate release: April 8, 2015
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In a new report released earlier today, a group of preeminent scientists from across Europe affirmed the growing body of evidence implicating neonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides in bee declines. Authored by 13 independent scientists from 10 different European countries, the report emphasizes the science that links very small amounts of pesticide exposure with a wide range of impacts on bees, and calls out the widespread use of pesticide seed coatings as inconsistent with sustainable pest management. One in three bites of food rest on bees for pollination and pollination in Europe is valued at over €14.6 billion, according to the report.
Emily Marquez, PhD, staff scientist for Pesticide Action Network North America released the following statement:
"The weight of the science is against bee-harming pesticides. It's time for the White House and US EPA to stop dragging their feet and place a moratorium on neonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides. Today’s report joins the chorus of scientific evidence that links systemic insecticides with a range of negative impacts on entire agricultural ecosystems. Continued widespread use of pesticide seed coatings is not only ineffective, but harms pollinators and other beneficial insects critical to the success of of our food and farming systems. The report points to a need to invest in cutting-edge, green alternatives that advance sustainable farming in Europe and in the United States."