Global number one seed and biotech firm Bayer will appeal a ruling by the General Court of the EU that in May issued a ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the bloc.

Darren Wallis, vice president of North American communications at Bayer CropScience, told Brownfield on 27 July that “science-based innovation” in agriculture was important to help farmers respond to the growing global demand for food.

“At Bayer, we feel it is important to continue to advocate for not only growers’ right to have access to technology, but science-based regulatory systems around the world,” Wallis said.

The EU General Court on 17 May voted to enact a ban on the outdoor use of three neonicotinoid pesticides that have been blamed for killing off bees.

The court confirmed the validity of the partial ban on clothianidin, thamethoxam and imidacloprid insecticides, introduced in 2013 for crops including rapeseed, maize, wheat, barley, oats and some spring cereals.

The court said the EU’s “precautionary principle” meant that the EU could take measures if there was scientific uncertainty about risks to human health or the environment, and did not have to wait until it was clear harm had been caused.

Bayer and Syngenta were the two companies most impacted by the EU neonicotinoid ban, wrote Brownfield.