Neonics banned in Europe, crop yields rise

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The European Union instituted a two-year moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on flowering crops. The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association points out that Europeans are now in the second year of the moratorium–the results of the moratorium are positive. Corn yields (from crops planted in spring of 2014)– according to the EU Bulletin–are at least 25% above the five-year average in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. Yield increases are also reported in Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria and Lithuania. OBA is hoping Ontario’s grain farmers are reassured by these results. Read the report for yourselves:

http://mars.jrc.ec.europa.eu/mars/Bulletins-Publications/MARS-Bulletin-Vol.22-No.13-Crop-Monitoring-in-Europe-15-December-2014

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