Bee plan but no pesticide ban

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honeybee-flight-borageThe Soil Association has attacked the government’s decision not to ban neotnicotinoids, the group of pesticides banned in Germany, Slovenia and Italy because of the apparent effects on bees. Neurological disruption is thought to affect navigation and immune systems are said to be weakened by neonicotinoid compounds. The research about these effects on bees is summarised in a briefing published by the Soil Association.

Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director said:
“While new funding and new research are welcome, it will not help if the Government ignores existing scientific evidence that has led other countries to ban chemicals known to kill bees.
“The Government prefers to blame ‘very wet weather’ and poor management by ‘less experienced beekeepers’ than to face their own responsibility to control bee-killing chemicals that have been used on up to 1.5 million acres of farmland in the UK.”

After the announcement of £4.3 million towards key research and saving the honeybee in the UK, Hilary Benn – the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – is criticised for not taking all possible prudent action to that end. The focus on hobby beekeepers has also been seen as a weakness in the government strategy by some in the honey industry.

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