2017 in review: the top 20 stories

Dec 2017

Neonicotinoids: devastating to bees and honey?

The impact of the neonicotinoid group of pesticides on biodiversity has been drawing scrutiny for several years and EFSA is set to update its risk assessment on the potential risks to bees from neonicotinoid pesticides in early 2018. It is also clear that these pesticides are indirectly entering the food chain, albeit at very low levels. High concentrations of neonics were been found in honeys from North America, Asia and Europe, according to a study by Swiss researchers published in October. The measured concentrations of neonics are, however, below the maximum authorized levels for human consumption.