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Bees: Govt allows farmers to use ‘banned’ pesticide

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Responding to news today that the Government has agreed to allow farmers to plant oilseed rape seeds treated with currently banned neonicotinoid pesticides this autumn, Friends of the Earth bees campaigner Paul de Zylva said:  “It’s scandalous that the Government has caved in to NFU pressure and given permission for some farmers to use banned pesticides that have been shown to harm our precious bees.

“Ever more scientific evidence shows just how dangerous these chemicals are to bees and other pollinators – they should have no place in our fields and gardens.

“The NFU’s campaign to undermine the pesticides ban has given an impression of large crop losses nationwide, but this is not supported either by the scientific evidence or harvest figures.

“It’s completely unacceptable for the Government to refuse to make the NFU’s application publicly available – and it even asked its own independent advisors not to publish the minutes and agenda of key meetings.

“The secrecy around this application will only fuel the public’s mistrust of Government policy on pesticides.”


1. Neonics emergency use application approved, says NFU.

2. UK government gags advisers in bees and pesticides row | Guardian.

3. A Government statement to the House of Commons on yields of OSR (published on Monday 13 July) said: “the oilseed rape harvest in 2014 saw an increase in UK production of 16% to nearly 2.5 million tonnes… [reflecting] an increase in yield of oilseed rape by 23%.”

For press information please contact the Friends of the Earth media team on 020 7566 1649.

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