Chemicals compose everything, including items that we are entirely dependent on, such as plastics and antibiotics to name a couple. Nonetheless there remains a sense of chemophobia – the fear of chemicals that is ultimately driven by generalisations of a few unsafe compounds. Here lies the conflict between our reliance on particular items and the impact they have on our own vitality, and the health of the environment.
A ban was initially instated in 2013 after the Dutch study, though it was only a ‘partial ban’, only applying to a few crop types. The new ban goes further, eliminating the ability to use any neonicotinoids on any crops outside sealed greenhouses.