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France Is The First Country To Ban All Five Bee-Killing Pesticides

Most people might not be really that informed about how bees help humans and the environment. Bees are one of the insects that assist the pollination process. Pollination is how insects such as bees and butterflies transfer pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma which leads to fertilization resulting to the production of a new seed.
Bees are pollinators that aid in spreading grains not only of wild flowers but of the many plants that are eaten by people. There are many kinds of bees such as bumble and honey. While most of them are generalists, there are distinct kind of bees which only transfer specific types of pollen grains. A hundred reasons might be there on why these insects should not be harmed but it will take a lot of time to discuss it in one go. The only important thing is that people understand how the existence of these pollinators are crucial in environmental sustainability.
The unexplainable global disappearance of bees has been observed as early as 1990’s. Reports showed that the most probable cause are pesticides though climate change is also considered. In Europe alone, the decrease in the number of bee colonies in few member states has been reported to be more than 50%. This is the main reason why the environment and bee advocates raised their concern on how this situation could be controlled.
          France was the first country which took the first huge step to control the situation. The country initiated a move to ban five kinds of pesticides which, according to research, are the main causes of the extinction of bees. These pesticides are known as neonicotinoids, a water soluble nicotine related insecticide that blocks specific insect neurons causing them to die.

          The move received negative feedback's from farmers who are greatly affected by the pesticide ban. They claim that the evidences showing neonicotinoids as the cause of the plummeting population of bees are not sufficient. However, others trust that the pesticides should be continuously prohibited.
          At present, the ban has expanded in sixteen countries including Germany and the United Kingdom. The ban poses negative threats such as the replacement of seed treatments which are much more dangerous to insects that pollinate and the going out of business of agriculturist who cannot afford to buy pesticides that are sprayed.
          The ban in bee-killing pesticides may have been a big help in controlling the dwindling pollinator population but other factors should be considered as the extinction of flower varieties and nesting homes.
          In August 2018, the Canadian federal government took its first move in banning neonicotinoids as well. The announcement regarding the discontinuance of the aforementioned based pesticides within three years was delivered by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Canada. This was because of the high honey bee death rates that was linked to the use of the said chemical.
Many environmental advocates were delighted to witness the event though they believe that the ban must be completed in a shorter time period. Like in Europe, farmers and producers contradicted the decision saying that the results are debatable.


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