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Friday, April 05, 2013
Bees, Pesticides, UK Government and me!
Dear Secretary of State and Minister,
Today's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report calls on the Government to address a series of important flaws in its pesticides policies and risk assessment processes.
I would like to join Friends of the Earth in voicing my support for all the EAC's recommendations. I urge you to do the same. In particular, the Committee unanimously backed European proposals for a temporary ban on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides on crops attractive to honey bees.
Our bees are in trouble and urgently need the Government to put in place a British Bee Action Plan to tackle all causes of their decline.
This must ensure bees have adequate feeding and nesting space. But it must also include action to reduce the use of pesticides across the board, starting with the European Commission's proposed neonicotinoid ban.
In last month's European vote on this issue, the UK abstained. I support Friends of the Earth's call for you to change this position and support the ban.
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