New threat to bees

Anyone with an interest in food and farming will know that our bees are struggling to survive. But now there's another problem...

New threat to bees

Anyone with an interest in food and farming will know that our bees are struggling to survive. Their numbers are falling due to a variety of factors, including the use of bee-harming pesticides, lack of food, disease and climate change. Yet bees are vital to our ecosystem as they pollinate many of our crops and flowers.
But now, bees are facing a renewed threat to their survival as environment minister Elizabeth Truss has allowed farmers to start using neonicotinoids – a bee-harming pesticide – again from this autumn, despite the fact that growing scientific evidence that these pesticides are harmful to bees is so overwhelming that their use as a seed treatment was banned in Europe in 2013.
However, the government has now lifted this ban in response to pressure from the National Farmers' Union, which claimed oil seed rape crops were under attack from pests. Charities and organisations including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are challenging the sense and legality of this decision, which was made in a secret meeting of the government's expert committee on pesticides, which was also attended by two leading neonicotinoid manufacturers.
Greenpeace is asking supporters of the ban to sign its petition at https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/save-bees.

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