Bee on lavender (Credit Zsuzsanna Bird)
The Wildlife Trusts are calling for an outright ban on the use of all neonicotinoid ‘neonics’ insecticides.
Neonicotinoids are a group of powerful insecticides used in farming to help protect crops, such as oilseed rape, sugar beet, sunflowers and potatoes, from sap-sucking insects such as aphids. Since their introduction in 1991, there has been a growing concern that even low levels of these chemicals could be harmful to insect pollinators. Neonics have been cited as a contributory factor in Bee Colony Collapse Disorder. Bees and other pollinators provide a vital service to the UK’s farmers and of course our wild flowers. It is estimated that a collapse in the number of pollinators would cost the UK economy about £1.8 billion per year.
Following a EU ban in 2014, last autumn the Government granted the use of neonics on 30,000 hectares of oilseed rape – that’s around 5% of the total crop, following pressure from the National Farmers Union. This is deeply concerning and the Wildlife Trusts are lobbying to reinforce the ban.
What can you do?
Sign the Government petition to halt the use of neonics
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