Totally delighted today with the EU’s decision to suspend the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides.
Emma Hockridge, Soil Association Head of Policy said; “This is a victory not only for the bees and other pollinators, but for independent science against the political, pro-pesticide position adopted by UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and the pesticide industry. The European Commission and many European governments have reacted responsibly to the British and European scientific evidence showing clearly that a suspension is justified.
“Organic farming proves that systemic insecticides such as neonicotinoids are not needed to produce food. Also, there is strong evidence that a ban on neonicotinoids would work. In Italy, where the Government has taken decisive action and banned certain neonicotinoids pesticides, deaths of honey bees in winter subsequently fell by more than 50% in three years.”
Wild bees are more abundant in diversified systems such as organic farms, so we support organisations like the Soil Association, GOTs, and campaigners like Brigit Strawbridge who continue to spread the word and encourage action. #SaveOurBees.