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Protecting Bees: EU Set to Completely Ban Outdoor Use of Pesticides Harmful to Bees


On April 27th, 2018, European Union Member States' representatives in a Standing Committee have backed a proposal by the European Commission to further restrict the use of three active substances (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, known as "neonicotinoids") for which a scientific review concluded that their outdoor use harms bees.

All outdoor use of the three substances will be banned and the neonicotinoids in question will only be allowed in permanent greenhouses where no contact with bees is expected.

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomed this vote, stressing that "the Commission had proposed these measures months ago, on the basis of the scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority. Bee health remains of paramount importance for me since it concerns biodiversity, food production and the environment."

The Regulation will now be adopted by the European Commission in the coming weeks and become applicable by the end of the year.

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Remembering Fred Spilhaus


Former RNRF Board Member A.F. Spilhaus Jr. died on April 30, 2018, following a long illness. During his tenure as executive director of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) (1970 to 2009), he served RNRF in several capacities during his more than 37 years on the board of directors. He was an incorporator of RNRF in January of 1972, and served as elected Treasurer and then Secretary for four years in the early years. He was elected to serve on the Executive Committee for more than 14 years. During his tenure, Spilhaus fostered RNRF’s programs by hosting every one of the foundation’s DC-based national meetings at AGU’s conference facilities. In 2004, Spilhaus received the RNRF Chairman’s Award for Professional Service to the Foundation. Fred Spilhaus embraced RNRF’s mission without reservation. His contribution and leadership were exceptional.

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