If there were no neonicotinoids

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.