Guest blogger Mara Budgen compares the battle to regulate food speculation with European action to protect bees by banning neonicotinoid pesticides.
After two inconclusive votes in the European Parliament, the European Commission stepped in to approve a two-year ban (opposed by the UK) on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report, as well as many independent studies, urged such action on account of mounting scientific evidence that the pesticides pose a significant danger to bee populations.
Bees, as well as other pollinators, are an essential part of global food production, as they’re responsible for three quarters of all crop pollination. In fact, the decline in populations of such insects is a matter of concern for the entire agricultural sector (and, consequently, also for us).
Who knew that such a small gesture has a huge impact on the food we eat? Photo: Synapse
The EU’s decision to impose a moratorium on the use of...