Scientists and activists were euphoric when the EU banned the extremely harmful neonic pesticides in 2018. During the next three years, sixteen EU countries used
Tomas Vanheste (1968) acquired a PhD in the philosophy of science, technology and society. He worked as an editor at publishing house De Bezige Bij and as a researcher at the municipality of Utrecht. His career in journalism began at the magazine Vrij Nederland, where he worked for nine years. In 2013, he joined the online journalism platform De Correspondent. He has been an independent journalist since early 2020, writing about European affairs. Vanheste lives in and works from Belgium. For the Investigative Desk, he works on research into European defence and agricultural policies.