Bees and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

James Brokenshire has given his support to calls for better protection for our bees and other pollinating insects as part of the Government’s call for deeper restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

The ongoing calls for further restrictions on this type of pesticide emanate from research which shows that they may be harmful to bees and other pollinators. More recent studies in Germant even suggest that flying insects have declined by more than 75 per cent over almost 30 years.

The UK Government’s National Pollinator Strategy sets out a 10 year plan intended to help pollinating insects survive and thrive. Published in November 2014, it includes information on the current evidence, and policy actions to support and protect the many pollinating insects that contribute to food production and biodiversity. It also explains what research is planned to find out more about the current state of our pollinators and how we can protect them

The Government has said that the use of pesticides should be based on a careful scientific assessment of the risks and that pesticides that carry unacceptable risks to pollinators should not be authorised. As part of this, the Environment Secretary has added his voice to calls for further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides due to the ever increasing weight of the scientific evidence demonstrating their harmful effects.

Commenting, James said:

“Bees and pollinators play a vital role in maintaining our environment, supporting farming and maintaining a balanced ecosystem in more wild areas. It is therefore important that we act based on scientific evidence. Given the studies that have been conducted to date, I welcome the Environment Secretary’s announcement and support calls for further such restrictions.”