According to Friends of the Earth, the scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid insecticides to bee decline is compelling. Their statement follows DEFRA Secretary Liz Truss telling the NFU conference in Birmingham that the Government had “told the EU Commission that decisions on pesticides must be proportionate and based on science”.
Friends of the Earth Nature campaigner Sandra Bell said:
“The scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid insecticides to bee decline is compelling, and there’s no evidence so far that restrictions on these chemicals have affected crop yields. If pesticides are having a negative impact on our health or environment, they must be withdrawn from use.”
“The worrying decline of our bees is a threat to the future of British food security. To feed a growing population we must look after our pollinators better – along with our soil and earth worms. Public subsidies should be used to help farmers ensure that we have good quality, plentiful food and a thriving natural world.”