It is widely believed that farmers’ yields would fall by up to 30%, impacting food prices and farmer livelihoods. For further information on this point, please see the Humboldt Report.
A recent survey of UK oilseed rape farmers also showed that if neonicotinoids were to be banned:
86% of farmers would expect their oilseed rape establishment to suffer;
90% of farmers would expect to have to apply more chemicals to their crops to compensate for the lack of focused treatment at seed stage;
79% of farmers would expect to see a decrease in yield;
72% would envisage an adverse impact on the environment as a result.