European Union Bans More Pesticides

Three neonicotinoid pesticides used in growing plants and cereals have been banned because they are considered harmful to bees.

Monday, December 2, 2013 reports that "the products in question are clothianidin and imidacloprid, produced by Bayer, and thiamethoxam, manufactured by the Swiss firm Syngenta, who has appealed against the ban before the European Court."

Last May, the European Commission (EC) decided to veto these pesticides, taking into account the risks that these products pose to honeybees, according to an investigation by the European Food Safety Authority.

"The ban, which will be reviewed within a period of two years, is part of an overall strategy launched by Brussels to stem the decline in the number of bees in Europe."

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El Salvador: Confirmation to Be Given on Ban of Agrochemicals

November 2013

The Legislature will not accept Presidential comments on Act 53 which prohibits the use of agrochemicals, and will only increase the timeframe for their withdrawal.

The Committee on the Environment and Climate Change in Congress has set a deadline of one year for a ban on the sale of the pesticide "Paraquat" and two years for other products.

Discussion on Agrochemicals Continues in El Salvador

October 2013

Congress supports the sale of 11 out of 53 of the banned pesticides but experts believe that these are the ones that cause the most damage.

MPs "... still have not reached an agreement regarding the comments made by the President, Mauricio Funes, on a reform to the Law on Control of Pesticides, Fertilizers and Products for Agricultural Use", noted an article in .

Coffee Growers Oppose Chemicals Ban

September 2013

Salvadoran coffee growers have asked for a review of the rule stating that there arent any alternative measures which provide the same levels of efficiency and coverage.

According to the president of the Association of Coffee Producers (ABECAFE), Carlos Borgonovo, the congressional initiative threatens the quality and quantity of the grain harvest.

Europa Prohibits Three Pesticides

June 2013

The European Commission has decided to restrict the use of three pesticides used in the growing of plants and cereals, after having verified that they are harmful to bees.

From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

The European Commission (EC) decided to restrict the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides used in the growing of plants and cereals, after finding that these are harmful to bees. The restrictions set out in regulation 485/2013 amending Regulation 540/2011 and specifically prohibits the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and tiametoxan, from May 25, 2013.

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