Companies that produce neonicotinoid-based pesticides, including the German giant Bayer CropScience and Syngenta , the big Swiss biochemical company, have lobbied strenuously against the moratorium. Monsanto incorporates the chemical into some of the seeds it produces; in the United States, neonicotinoids are heavily used on the country’s huge corn crop.
Some nations in Europe already restrict use of these insecticides, but not all.
The Times quotes officials of companies that make neonicotinoid insecticides, Bayer and Syngenta. The officials say:
The science is uncertain.
Banning them would jeopardize agricultural competitiveness.
Prices of food, feed, fiber and renewable raw materials would rise.
50,000 jobs would be lost.
This comes right out of the standard industry playbook. Anything that harms bees in the short term has long term consequences. Shouldn’t officials be looking at long-term strategies for protecting bees. Bees need help! And so will we, if we don”t help them now.