Government Backs Bees



Government backs bees
10th November 2017

By Karen Pickwick
Greenpeace has welcomed news that the UK government is backing a total ban on bee-harming pesticides ahead of a key decision on the renewal of the current ban in the EU.
Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said: “Michael Gove is absolutely right to listen to the science and back a total ban on neonicotinoids. Study after study has shown these pesticides can harm bee colonies and contaminate our environment for years.
“Bees are vital not just to our countryside and wildlife but to the human food chain, too, as they pollinate many of the fruits and vegetables we eat. We cannot take any chances with their well-being. Now Gove should forge ahead with the promised reform of our broken farm subsidy system so that it supports the kind of agriculture that produces healthy food while also protecting our countryside.”