Statement on the Government’s decision to allow the emergency use of neonicotinoids on Oil Seed Rape
The recent announcement that the government has granted use of neonicotinoid pesticides on 5% of oil seed rape crops this autumn was one of immense disappointment for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We believe that this has now set a precedent for further emergency applications and that the UK Government has in effect lifted the EU temporary ban on the use of neonicotinoids.
We have written to the Secretary of State for the Environment, the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss asking to see the data and case studies used to persuade to Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) to grant this derogation. In particular we have asked the government to justify this decision in light of:
1) Its investment in the development and implementation of a National Pollinator Strategy for England (of which we are both a signatory and member of the Pollinator Advisory Steering Group)
2) Defra’s ‘call to action’ to encourage the general public and industry to do more for pollinators
3) The considerable body of evidence demonstrating significant legal and sublethal effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on important wild pollinatos such as bumblebees and solitary bees.
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