Bees: Government pesticide review criticised
18 September 2012
Note: If you're looking for the story "MPs launch enquiry into bees and pesticides" you can read our reaction here.
Commenting on the publication today of a review of neonicotinoid pesticides on declining bee populations, Friends of the Earth Nature Campaigner Paul de Zylva said:
"The Government's failure to act on neonicotinoid pesticides is astonishing - there is still a massive question mark over the impact of these chemicals on declining bee populations.
"It's clear that the Government has little idea of the damaging impact these pesticides have on bees and other pollinators - pesticide company profits must not be put ahead of their well-being.
"Ministers should follow the cautious example of countries like France and Italy and suspend these pesticides until they have been thoroughly assessed, we cannot afford any further decline in bee numbers.
"David Cameron must introduce a National Bee Action Plan to reverse the decline of these vitally important creatures, including a suspension of neonicotinoid pesticides."
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Last modified: Sep 2012