Stop pesticides harming bees

10th August 2012
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There’s been lots in the news recently about bees and pesticides – especially growing evidence that pesticides harm bees’ health and remove food sources they need to survive.

This summer the Government has a golden opportunity to help. It’s putting together a new pesticides plan.  But the plan’s first draft doesn’t include any specific action to protect bees.

Please ask the Government to include measures to help bees thrive in its pesticides plan.

There’s growing evidence that pesticides harm bees’ health and remove food sources they need to survive.  The Government’s new pesticides plan (being drafted this summer) must act to protect bees.

 

Specifically it should:

  • Phase out use of those pesticides most harmful to bees, including an immediate suspension of neonicotinoids, and find safer alternatives
  • Reduce use of pesticides on bee-pollinated crops
  • Eliminate as fast as possible pesticide use in parks, schools and other public spaces

Not only would that help bees, it would also help protect children’s health.

Please send a message to Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, asking her to take urgent action to reduce pesticide use.

Take action here.