Syngenta sues European Commission over Pesticide ban; denies killing bees.


Syngenta in conjunction with is suing the European Commission. The Syngenta complaint was filed with the European Court of Justice on the 14th of August and categorically denies involvement in killing bees, due to the application of pesticides that it manufactures.

The complaint, announced separately by the companies on the 27th of August, says that the Commission took its decision based on an “inaccurate and incomplete assessment” by the () and without the full support of European states.

The European Commission has implemented a two year ban on the use of pesticides to begin in December 2013, due to the astronomical bee die off, witnessed in several locations. Partial bans of neonicotinoids, (the main pesticide component), are already in place in Italy, France, Germany and Slovenia, with no significant impacts on .

The nervous system of bees and other beneficial are damaged by neonicotinoids. Other pesticides produced by Syngenta and including also pose a severe threat to bees. A , Bees in Decline, identifies seven bee-killing pesticides produced by Syngenta, , and other companies, four of which are not neonicotinoids.

Greenpeace Mark Breddy reacted to the lawsuit and said: “Syngenta continues to ignore scientific evidence that clearly links thiamethoxam and other pesticides to bee-mortality. Instead of taking the Commission to court, it should act responsibly and stop marketing its bee-killing pesticides. The Commission was right to intervene and Greenpeace will continue to campaign actively for the protection of bees. The environmental risks and the threat to posed by these pesticides far outweigh any benefits.”



Greenpeace Science Unit, April 2013, Bees in Decline

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