The vote today at the SCoPAFF to ban neonicotinoids, including in pelleted beet seed, is a severe blow for sugar beet growers and for the sustainability of the EU beet sugar sector. It is not a science-based decision as far as sugar beet is concerned. It is highly regrettable that a majority of Member States have ignored the data gaps in the EFSA assessment and the recent evidence put forward. As a result, both the environment and the farming community will be negatively affected.
There is no justification for banning the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments in sugar beet growing
because of environmental concerns. The current use of such seed treatments in sugar beet is safe
and represents a very low risk to non-target organisms, including pollinators. Moreover, the EFSA
risk assessment assumes that all crops succeeding sugar beet are attractive to bees, while in
practice across Europe 90 per cent of crops succeeding sugar beet are cereals, which are not
attractive to pollinators.
You can find our joint press release with CIBE here