The Soil Association (SA) invites us to keep Britain buzzing with bees. SA’s campaign aims to ban neonicotinoid pesticides because those can kill bees.
The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) disagrees. DEFRA reviewed the evidence about these pesticides and found that ‘the studies did not show that currently permitted uses of neonicotinoids have serious implications for the health of bee populations.’ This puts us in a contrasting position to those in continental Europe and in the States.
Until today, I’d never heard of neonicotinoid pesticides. That’s a litte bit surprising since I work in a Faculty where pollinators are a focus of research, but perhaps I just need to ask people about this particular group of pesticides.
You know me: not jumping to conclusions. But I’m watching with interest and I’ll tell you if I learn more about neonicotinoids.