Monsanto’s “Bee Summits” and Bayer AG’s “Bee care centre” are the latest examples of how pesticide makers are competing to showcase their goodwill to policymakers in Europe and the US that they are taking the necessary steps to protect bee populations. The companies say their pesticides are not the problem, but critics say science shows the opposite, EurActiv reported.
The European Union announced earlier this month it would ban the class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or “neonics,” used for corn and other crops as well as on home lawns and gardens. The ban is in place for two years.
Similar constraints in the United States could cost manufacturers millions of dollars in sales.
As a result, Monsanto is hosting a “Bee Summit.” Bayer AG is breaking ground on a “Bee Care Centre.” And Sygenta AG is funding grants for research into the accelerating demise of honeybees in the United States.
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