Europe’s sugar farmers give in to cravings for banned pesticides

Taste for homegrown sugar means EU countries will bend over backward to avoid kicking the habit — even if that entails relying on...

The farmers feeding Europe’s sugar addiction are hooked on a much less appealing substance: bee-killing pesticides.

  • Eddy Wax
  • Politico

Sugar beet growers in 10 EU countries have obtained special authorizations from their governments this year to let them circumvent a strict ban on using neonicotinoid pesticides…

Farmers say they need the pesticides to fight infected aphids carrying a plant disease called virus yellows, which…

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