Back a ban for bees’ and our benefit

Friday 5th April 2013

Bumblebee cpt Amy LewisBumblebee cpt Amy Lewis

A call for a ban on the use of three neonicotinoids - pesticides which can be dangerous to bees and other pollinators – is backed by The Wildlife Trusts.

The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons today publishes a report calling on the Government to ban the use of three neonicotinoids which have been shown to be harmful to honeybees and bumblebees. 

Committee Chair, Joan Walley MP, described Defra’s approach to protecting bees as ‘extraordinarily complacent’ and stated that ‘the weight of scientific evidence now warrants’ a ban.

We must do the right thing for our bees, our countryside, and our food supply that relies on natural pollination

Paul Wilkinson, The Wildlife Trusts’ Head of Living Landscape, said: 

The Government should follow the advice of the Environmental Audit Committee and place an immediate moratorium on the use of these chemicals. Although further research is always beneficial, there is sufficient and compelling evidence to apply the precautionary principle. We must do the right thing for our bees, our countryside, and our food supply that relies on natural pollination.” 

Over a six month period, the Committee has gathered written and oral evidence from leading scientists, Defra, the pesticide industry and others.  The Committee report recommends that Defra should prepare to introduce a moratorium on the use of imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam on crops that are attractive to bees by 1 January 2014.  The committee also recommend Defra supports such a proposal in the EU - which it has failed to do up until now. 

You can read The Wildlife Trusts' evidence, submitted to the Committee, below.

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