Powerful group of MPs launches pesticides enquiry
The Environmental Audit Committee is to investigate the impact of pesticides on bees.
The announcement follows mounting evidence about the harmful effect of neonicotinoid pesticides. And the findings of Friends of the Earth's report 'Reviving British Bees: why we need a National Bee Action Plan', which highlighted the links between chemicals and bee decline.
The influential Committee will quiz Ministers about why the UK has failed to join other European countries in suspending use of neonicotinoids.
It'll also look at the effect of pesticides on human health. And address broader questions, such as whether the Government should encourage alternatives to pesticide use.
Welcoming the announcement, Friends of the Earth's Bees Campaigner Sandra Bell said:
The Committee's inquiry is timely. It's astounding that the Government hasn't already acted to protect bees - and our food supply. It should suspend the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.
The use of chemicals in farming is one of many threats to our bees. David Cameron must introduce a National Bee Action Plan to reverse the decline of these vitally important creatures.