29 Apr '13, 1pm

Hurray. Use of neonicotinoid pesticides suspended! (Although UK votes to keep them). Thanks goodness we are in the EU

The Soil Association welcomes today’s decision by the EU to suspend the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides 29 April 2013 Emma Hockridge, Soil Association Head of Policy said; "This is a victory not only for the bees and other pollinators, but for independent science against the political, pro-pesticide position adopted by UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and the pesticide industry. The European Commission and many European governments have reacted responsibly to the British and European scientific evidence showing clearly that a suspension is justified. "Organic farming proves that systemic insecticides such as neonicotinoids are not needed to produce food. Also, there is strong evidence that a ban on neonicotinoids would work. In Italy, where the Government has taken decisive action and banned certain neonicotinoids pesticides, deaths of honey bees in winter subs...

Full article: http://www.soilassociation.org/news/newsstory/articleid/5...

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