Bees: Syngenta pulls plug on banned pesticide application
Responding to news this evening (Thursday 3 July 2014) that Syngenta has withdrawn an ‘emergency’ application to allow a bee-harming pesticide, banned by the EU, to be used on British crops, Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said:
“Our under-threat bees can breathe a bit easier this evening.
“We’re delighted Syngenta has withdrawn this application – the scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid pesticides to bee decline is stacking up.
“Ministers are currently finalising their action plan for protecting Britain’s bees. The National Pollinator Strategy must get tough on all the causes of bee decline – including pesticides.”
Notes to editors:
1. Govt must uphold ban on bee-harming pesticide, says coalition: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/govt-must-uphold-ban-bee-harming-pesticide-says-coalition_01072014
2. More than 6,000 people have written to Bees Minister Lord de Mauley since Friday 27 June asking him to uphold the ban on pesticides to protect bees. http://www.foe.co.uk/act/ask-bees-minister-stand-syngenta
3. People concerned about the plight of bees are being encouraged to take part in The Great British Bee Count this summer, a citizen science project organised by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and B&Q to help build a nationwide picture of bee health. 20,000 people have so far spotted almost half a million bees since it launched on 10 June 2014 using a free smartphone app downloadable at: http://greatbritishbeecount.co.uk/
4. EU pesticide restrictions a victory for bees and common sense - Friends of the Earth press release (April 2013): http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/eu_pesticide_vote_29042013