Ban on Neonicotinoids: UK reacts

12 Apr

A few weeks ago the European commission failed to ban the world’s most used pesticides, neonicotinoids. You may remember, the representative from the UK, Owen Paterson voted against the ban. After this event, a committee of MPs reacted by urging the ban of three types of neonicotinoid till they get concrete scientific evidence.

joan walley

“We believe that the weight of scientific evidence now warrants precautionary action, so we are calling for a moratorium on pesticides linked to bee decline to be introduced by 1 January next year,” Joan Walley, the Labour MP who chairs the Environmental Audit Committee.

A key study done by Prof. David Goulson showed the correlation between the use of neonicotinoid and the decline in the queen bee population. Without waiting for the government decision gardening shops like B& Q, Wickes and Homebase have stopped selling this pesticide. Meanwhile in Europe, countries like France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia are slowly suspending certain use of neonicotinoid.

There is however, a powerful minority that believe the ban of the pesticides will be a economic disaster and refuse to admit that the pesticide is the cause of CCD. Bayer and Syngenta, the two biggest manufacturers of neonicotinoids, are stating clearly that the decline of bee populations has nothing to do with the use of pesticide but stems from other factors.

Honey bee and flower with extrafloral nectaries“The long-term, real world, scientific reality is that a ban wouldn’t save a single hive. The decline in bee health is one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture and Syngenta remains committed to fully understanding and improving bee health.” said a spokesman for the organization.

This after millions of people signed a petition pledging their against the use of pesticide. “If we signed up to it, why don’t we act for it,” Walley added. This moratorium on the use of pesticide is the first real action taken by UK.  This initiative will allow new field research to get the “best, most up to date scientific evidence” said a spokesman from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

We hope to see hope for our little friends and optimistically the beginning of the end for destructive neonicotinoids.

[Photo credit by stopclimatechoascoalition]

[Photo credit by DereckKeat]

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2 Responses to “Ban on Neonicotinoids: UK reacts”

  1. Lin April 16, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    The scientific reality appears to be that these neurotoxins are the primary cause of ccd and should be banned immediately. All the lobbying in the world wont change this fact.

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