March of the beekeepers: Govt urged to back pesticide restrictions

Published on Friday, 26 April 2013 12:52
Written by Vicki Mitchem

The Government must take urgent action to protect declining bee populations by supporting European Commission proposals next Monday (29 April 2013) to restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee decline, Friends of the Earth said today.

Later today (Friday 25 April 2013) Friends of the Earth will join other organisations in a rally calling on the UK Government to support restrictions on three neonicotinoid insecticides. The March of the Beekeepers in Parliament Square (11am-12-30pm) is supported by Avaaz, Buglife, ClientEarth, Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK), RSPB, Soil Association, 38Degrees and The Wildlife Trusts.

Friends of the Earth's Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said:

"Ministers can't ignore the growing scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid insecticides to bee decline. Their claims to be concerned about bee health will ring hollow if they fail to back European moves to restrict the use of these chemicals.

"An ever-growing number of the UK's leading retailers and manufacturers are recognising the threat these products pose by removing them from their shelves and supply chains - the Government must now act.

"If we lose our bees and other vital pollinators it will have a devastating impact on our food, gardens and environment. We urgently need tougher pesticide restrictions and a British Bee Action Plan to tackle all the threats they face."

Source: FOE

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