Bees face a brighter future as pesticides banned

Monday 29th April 2013

A decision to restrict certain pesticides, known as neonics, has today been welcomed by The Wildlife Trusts.

The continued opposition of the UK Government is very disappointing and of great concern to those of us who value the natural environment and its contribution to food production

The European Commission has placed a temporary suspension on dangerous insecticides called neonicotinoids.  It is expected that the ban will come into effect from 1 December 2013 and will restrict the use of the three most common neonicotinoids (Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) on crops which are ‘attractive to bees’.

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

“The EU’s ban on three neonicotinoid insecticides is extremely welcome. Whilst it provides some respite for our bees, we need more action to reverse the decline in bees and other vital pollinators.  The continued opposition of the UK Government is very disappointing and of great concern to those of us who value the natural environment and its contribution to food production.”

The European Commission will review the conditions of approval of the three neonicotinoids within the next two years to take into account relevant scientific and technical developments. In January, a report by the European Food Safety Authority identified a ‘high acute risk’ to honeybees from Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam, and an unknown risk to other pollinators such as bumblebees and hoverflies.

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