EU pesticide ban helps insect infestations

In 2013 the European Union banned certain pesticides over concerns that they were killing bee populations. Thanks to the ban farmers have had to resort to older forms of pesticides that insets have built immunity to. Consequently, Bloomberg reports that Europe’s rapeseed crop harvests are badly effected which may result in a 15% drop this year. A scandal also erupted last year in which a group of scientists connected to an influential environmentalist group plotted to convince EU regulators to ban neonicotinoid pesticides as well.

“When we remove a tool from the box, that puts even more pressure on the tools we’ve got left,” said farmer Martin Jenkins, who has seen flea beetles for the first time in almost a decade on his 750 acres of rapeseed outside Cambridge, England. “More pesticides are being used, and even more ridiculous is there will be massively less rapeseed.”

What’s worse is not only are neonicotoid pesticides banned in Europe and restricted in Ontario, Canada, the US is considering new rules on them here too. The EU is the largest producer of rapeseed which is known in the US as canola. It is used to make a variety of different products such as chocolate, vegetable oil, and certain food ingredients. However, because of Europe’s ban on neonic pesticides, rapeseed production will drop significantly since farmers have to resort to less effective pesticides used in large quantities to ward off insects.

Fortunately, an alternative is in development that will be less harmful to bees in which the new pesticide’s main ingredient is spider venom. That will not be reassuring to farmers whose rapeseed crops have been destroyed and consumers whose food prices could go up resulting from crop destruction due to insect infestations. While there are alternatives to neonics, not only are they not as effective but as Bloomberg‘s news report states the amount of approved pesticides in the EU has fallen 75 percent in the last 20 years.

Banning or restricting pesticides is just another manner environmentalists use to attack mankind’s food supply. This in addition to lies they tell about genetically modified crops is tantamount to a war on us and our way of life. It does not help anything that they can maneuver through political bureaucracies and convince politicians to ban or restrict substances based on politicized scientific manuscripts. However, their intent is clear if one understands the context of their activities with regard to pesticides and a host of other issues.