argylesock says… This is not an impressive start by our new Chief Scientific Advisor, Prof Sir Mark Walport. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA, headed by Owen Paterson) is dragging its feet too. How much science do these people want before they’ll be convinced?
The Daily Telegraph 2013-04-26: The Government‘s new chief scientific advisor has defended ministers’ decision not to ban a “bee killing” pesticide, claiming it could drive up food prices. Dame Vivienne Westwood joins beekeepers on ParliamentGreen to demonstrate against the use of pesticides Photo: PA By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent 3:02PM BST 26 Apr 2013 Comments Neonicotinoids are a family of pesticides blamed for damaging bees’ brains so the insects cannot find flowers to feed on and eventually die. Environment groups want the UK Government to back a proposal in Brussels on Monday to ban certain uses of… more »