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EU ban Provado Lawn Grub Killer from December 2013

Grassclippings - Bayer Provado Lawn Grub KillerThe European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue.

There is great concern across Europe about the collapse of bee populations.

The new EU restrictions will apply from December this year for three neonicotinoid pesticides - clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam - which are used to treat bee-attractive crops such as rape seed.

Provado Lawn Grub Killer contains one of the active Imidacloprid and is used for the control of Chafer Beetle and Leatherjacket larvae control in lawns.  It's a sad day for Provado and professional turf care insecticide also based on Imidacloprid called Merit.

Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides are believed to harm bees and the European Commission says they should be restricted to crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators.

But many farmers and crop experts argue that there is insufficient data.

Fifteen countries voted in favour of a ban - not enough to form a qualified majority. According to EU rules the Commission will now have the option to impose a two-year restriction on neonicotinoids - and the UK cannot opt out.

The Commission says it wants the moratorium to begin no later than 1 December this year.

The UK did not support a ban - it argues that the science behind the proposal is inconclusive. It was among eight countries that voted against, while four abstained.

Wild species such as honey bees are said by researchers to be responsible for pollinating around one-third of the world's crop production.

Read more on The BBC

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