Irish bees under threat as agrichemical giants, Bayer and Syngenta, battle with European Commission

February 24th 2017 Agrichemical giants, Bayer and Syngenta, are back in the European courts attempting to have the European Commission’s neonicotinoid ban overturned. Following on from two separate reviews by the European Food and Safety Authority (ESFA) in 2013, the European Commission imposed a ban on three neonicotinoids; clothianidin, imidacloprid Read more…

EU deputies fail to reach an agreement on glyphosate

Yesterday, EU deputies failed, for the third time, to reach an agreement on whether or not to renew glyphosate, leaving the future of the product uncertain.
More commonly known as Roundup, the herbicide made by agrichemical group Monsanto needs 55% of the vote to pass, but several countries are opposed to its continuation as it is suspected to affect bees and the health of the population. Only Malta voted against the proposal, 20 countries voted for it and 7 countries abstained.