Keep bee-harming pesticides out of our fields
Right now the government is deciding whether to allow dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides back into our fields again.
Last year Liz Truss agreed to let farmers use these bee-harming pesticides – despite the overwhelming evidence that they’re toxic to bees.
The government has already rejected one request to use neonics again this year – but a second application has since been made.
And once again the whole process has been shrouded in secrecy, with key evidence kept secret.
A decision could be made very soon but the government is keeping us in the dark.
Neonics have no place in our fields.
Please take action before it’s too late.
Copy of email text below.
Dear Environment Secretary, Rt Hon Liz Truss MP,
Last year you allowed some farmers in England to use neonicotinoid pesticides, despite the objections from over half a million people.
And yet the National Farmers’ Union’s predictions of widespread crop losses without the use of these toxic neonics have now proved unfounded.
You have said in the past that any decision to allow neonics back into our fields again must be based on science. And the science on the threat to bees and other pollinators from pesticides containing dangerous neonicotinoids is now overwhelming. While the evidence of the effectiveness of neonics is increasingly under question.
We were kept in the dark last year about the decision-making process on allowing bee-harming pesticides back into some of our fields. This should not be allowed to happen again this year.
Last year the public and MPs were kept in the dark about the application to use neonics and the evidence being put forward. This year it has been just the same. The secrecy must stop.
I urge you to keep bee-harming pesticides out of our fields for good.