European farm groups defend neonicotinoids as environmental NGOs calls for total ban to protect bees
EU farming lobby Copa-Cogeca said [the European Food Safety Authority's] report confirmed there was no justification for a total ban on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments on all crops.
The [UK's National Farmers' Union] said Efsa’s assessment “failed to take proper account of what is happening to bees in real field situations”.
“The reality is that there is a balance between environmental protection and food production that has to be considered and the impacts of a ‘no neonicotinoid’ scenario on pollinators also need to be fully assessed,” said NFU senior regulatory affairs adviser Chris Hartfield.
The Crop Protection Association (CPA) said singling out neonics for a decline in bee health is wrong, as a number of factors are at play.
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