Bee Health Campaign Suggests Neonicotinoid Treatments Unnecessary

March 31, 2014

From: Farm Futures

American Seed Trade Association reiterates support for neonicotinoid treatments following Center for Food Safety literature review

The American Seed Trade Association is reiterating its support for seed treatments following a report released earlier this week by the Center for Food Safety which questions neonicotinoid effectiveness and suggests the treatments are “unnecessary in most cases.”

The report, a compiled review of 19 previously published studies, suggests that neonicotinoids – which some studies suggest have impacts on bee health –either do not provide a yield benefit or show inconsistent benefits.

The report is being used to support a CFS campaign that is pushing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to suspend outdoor uses of neonicotinoids pending additional research on concerns of negative impacts on bee health.

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