The European Union (EU) banned three pesticides (Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) last week to protect rapidly declining bee populations.
Bee pollination is essential to the functioning of our ecosystem and the production of all fruits and vegetables. When bee populations start to mysteriously and rapidly die-off, it’s a big deal.
The pesticides in question -- from a chemical family known as neonicotinoids -- are neurotoxins. Bayer (yes, the aspirin company) is the largest global manufacturer of these chemicals which have been on the market for a decade. Originally they were billed as “safer” than other pesticides.