Chile seeks to protect bees from insecticides as in the EU

Chile seeks to protect bees from insecticides as in the EU

Organizations and beekeepers call on authorities to protect bees as the European Union did

President Sebastián Piñera has been sued for the prohibition of three insecticides that threaten the life of bees by the Chile Pesticide Action Network, RAP-Chile / Alliance for a Better Quality of Life made up of ANAMURI and OLCA; the National Coordinator of Organic Beekeepers of Chile CONAOC; the Apicultural Network of Casablanca; the National Beekeeping Network Federation, the Chilean Ecology Society, the Peasant Advisory Council of the Valparaíso Region and the Green Cooperative.

The European Union has already taken a big step towards respecting the problem of insecticides and the death of bees. On April 27, after exhaustive and numerous scientific studies, it decided to completely ban the outdoor use of three neonicotinoid insecticides.

Beekeepers' organizations had already marched in August 2017 demanding that the government and legislators ban pesticides used in agriculture that kill and harm bees. Today they specifically ask for the prohibition of the insecticides Imidacloprid (Gaucho), Clothianidina (Poncho), both from Bayer-Monsanto, and Thiamethoxam (Cruizer) from Syngenta, responsible for the massive death of bees in Chile and the world.


Neonicotinoids, chemically similar to nicotine, are systemic insecticides, that is, they are absorbed and transported throughout the plant (leaves, flowers, roots and stems, as well as pollen and nectar). These insecticides are much more toxic to invertebrates, such as insects. They affect the central nervous system of insects, leading to paralysis and death.

These three neonicotinoid insecticides (Imidacloprid (Gaucho), Clothianidin (Poncho), both from Bayer-Monsanto, and Thiamethoxam (Cruizer) from Syngenta,) are used throughout the world in chacarería and crops of corn, rape, cotton and sunflower, among others. They are also commonly used in veterinary applications such as tick control and flea collars for pets. In February this year, scientists from the European Food Safety Authority ruled that the three pesticides, imidacloprid and clothianidin, manufactured by Bayer, and thiamethoxam, from Syngenta, represent "a risk to wild bees and honey bees."

The petition

A petition is receiving thousands of virtual signatures of citizen support from Chileans in Avaaz: To ban neonicotinoids now to save bees.

We make this call to the authorities regarding theMay 20 World Bee Day, instituted by the United Nations, UN, because bees and other pollinators are endangered by a number of factors, in particular related to the effects of human activities such as changes in land use, intensive farming practices and the use of pesticides, as well as pollution, pests, diseases and climate change, which threaten their habitat, their health and their development (see here). The UN General Assembly decided to designate and celebrate World Bee Day, “Conscious in addition to the urgent need to address the problem of the decrease in the diversity of pollinators in the world and the risks that this implies for the sustainability of the agriculture, human livelihoods and food supply ”. Also because they recognized “the urgent need to promote and favor actions to protect bees and other pollinators, in order to contribute to their health and development, taking into account that it is important to improve pollinator services to meet the Development Goals. Sustainable".

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Video: The synergistic effect of pesticides in Honey Bees (October 2020).