Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
by Staff Writers
Warsaw (AFP) Feb 11, 2014
A Polish court on Tuesday handed down a suspended four-month jail term to a woman it found guilty of killing two million bees through excessive use of an anti-mosquito product.
The woman, who was only identified by the court as Joanna S. because of privacy laws, was in charge of a municipal anti-mosquito spraying operation and was found to have used a pesticide without the necessary health ministry authorisation.
"The (anti-mosquito) operation could have also taken human lives," said Lucjan Furmanek, head of a beekeepers' association in Gorlice, southeastern Poland.
"I hope the court decision will prevent other thoughtless environmental disasters," he added, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.
The Gorlice court's ruling opens the door for beekeepers to launch a civil lawsuit for damages in connection with mass bee death that occurred following the 2010 spraying operation.
Flooding that year in the nearby town of Biecz caused an unusually high number of mosquitoes to breed in stagnant waters.
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|