Our newest research paper analyses the EU ban on neonicotinoids in oilseed rape production. The author Steffen Noleppa conducted an ex-post assessment of the economic and environmental costs which are attributable to banning this class of insecticides. First, the study quantifies the ban’s yield effects which then result in altered production costs for farmers. Based on these changes EU-wide economic impacts are calculated as a next step. In addition, some global environmental implications of the ban are highlighted. On the basis of these findings, the author advises to holistically assess all risks related to neonicotinoids and not only focus on pollinators when discussing the future of the ban. Today the paper has been released at the European Parliament.
The study is available for download here:
Banning neonicotinoids in the European Union. An ex-post assessment of economic and environmental costs // Steffen Noleppa // 2017