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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.

You can contact me by email (preferably - to save resources) or at the following address:

Yours sincerely,
David German


Here is a letter I support.

Friends of the Earth - See things differently
The Bee Cause
05 April 2013
Join usSign our Director's letter  

In the last few hours the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has told the Government they got it wrong when they chose not to support a ban of the worst bee-harming pesticides.
Please sign our Director's letter if you think the Government should support the ban
The EAC has spent months hearing evidence on both sides of the argument. And they've concluded that 3 neonicotinoid pesticides should be banned and that Government policy on pesticides should be overhauled.
If enough of us add our names we can persuade the Government to accept the EAC's recommendations - and follow the lead of the DIY stores and garden centres that have already taken some of the most dangerous pesticides off their shelves.
Add your name to our Director's letter asking Ministers to ban the worst bee-harming pesticides
Pesticides aren't the only cause of bee decline, but evidence of their importance is mounting. Winning a ban could be a massive step to secure their survival.
Add your name today
With best wishes,
Lucy and the Bee Cause team