Seed Treatment Ban Could Cost EU
Mon Jan 14, 2013 03:10 PM CST

(Dow Jones) -- The ban or suspension on the use of a seed treatment could cost the European Union more than 17 billion euros ($22.68 billion) over a five-year period in lower crop yields, according to a study seen by Dow Jones Newswires Monday.

EU countries including France, Germany and Italy have all previously banned or suspended the use of certain neonicotinoid seed treatments, which have been blamed for lowering populations of honey bees which pollinate crops. The European Food Safety Authority, which assesses food and feed safety risks, is currently studying the seed treatments.

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