'We are delighted that Syngenta has withdrawn its application to be allowed to use one of the banned neonicotinoids which have been shown to damage bees and other pollinators. This is a victory for pollinators, for public opinion and for science – there was no good reason for allowing this derogation and the impact could have been catastrophic. A global study on systemic pesticides recently assessed 800 peer reviewed studies which highlight the risks to birds, earthworms and other pollinators as well as bees.'
Bees play a crucial role in pollination, enabling us to grow fruits and vegetables; in fact one in every three mouthfuls of our food is thanks to bee-pollination. The latest study into the effects of neonicotinoids, funded by Triodos Bank, added to the evidence that even low doses of neonicotinoids are harmful, with the authors of the report suggesting governments plan for their reduction and global phase-out.
Thank you for adding your voice to so many others. If we are to save our bees and other pollinators we must maintain the pressure on policymakers to extend the temporary ban on neonicotinoids. If you are a member of the Soil Association you are already helping us do just that. If you're not a member and are ready to take your support one step further, join us today. Simply click here to find out more.
Peter Melchett, Policy Director
P.S. You can do more to help Keep Britain Buzzing by taking one of 7 simple steps found here, and read the latest blog from Marianne Landzettel on Minnesota’s bee-friendly law here!