Banned pesticide blamed for killing bees may be approved for fish farmsGovernment agency appears to support introduction of system which uses in...Banned pesticide blamed for killing bees may be approved for fish farms
Government agency appears to support introduction of system which uses insecticide US termed an ‘environmental hazard’
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Thu 27 May 2021 03.22 EDT
The Scottish government appears ready to approve a banned insecticide blamed for destroying bee populations for use in Scottish salmon farms, according to internal documents seen by the Guardian, as MEPs warn of its potentially “devastating” impact on aquatic life.
The insecticide is one of three nicotine-based, or neonicotinoid, chemicals banned by the European Union in 2018 for agricultural use on crops, a decision upheld this month by the EU’s top court, the European court of justice, which rejected an appeal by the Bayer chemical multinational. The ban does not apply to rivers or the sea.