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Michael Gove reveals UK set to back total ban on bee-harming pesticides

Thursday 9th November 2017

Honeybee - Credit Mister Electron via FlickrHoneybee - Credit Mister Electron via Flickr

In an article penned for The Guardian today, the Environment Secretary states: "Where there is evidence that human activity is contributing to pollinator decline, we have a duty to act."

The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees.

The Wildlife Trusts have long called for an outright ban on the use of all neonicotinoid ‘neonics’ insecticides. Tweeting his support of the news, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Rob Stoneman said: "Again delighted by evidence based Government decision."

Read The Guardian article in full.