As reported by Organic Consumers, the European nation has decided to ban all five pesticides that scientists believe are responsible for killing bees.
Both beekeepers and environmentalists have praised the move, but others, including cereal and sugar beet farmers have issued stark warnings about the move instead.
They have warned that their crops could well be left defenseless against harmful insects aside from bees that destroy their produce.
Just recently, the European Union ruled to ban three of the five neonicotinoid pesticides — clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam — but France decided to put a blanket ban on the two excluded by the EU’s ban as well, thiacloprid and acetamiprid.
The ban from the European Union starts on December 19 this year.
France’s ban extends to the use of all five pesticides both on outdoor crop fields and inside greenhouses.
Neonicotinoid pesticides were first created in the mid-1990s, and work by attacking an insect’s central nervous system, according to The Local. »