|PAN UK and EJF launch campaign to protect the UK's pollinators|
PAN UK and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) have a launched a joint-campaign to protect the UK's bee populations and the ecological and economic services they provide through an end to the use of harmful pesticides (particularly including neonicotinoids) and through the promotion of habitat protection.
While there is no single explanation for the dramatic decline in bee populations seen in the last decade, consensus is growing that neonicotinoid pesticides are a key piece in this complex puzzle. For this reason, the first and most urgent major step should be a precautionary ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in areas where bees will come into contact with them.
PAN UK and EJF are calling for a UK Pollinator Action Plan, which includes:
• A near term ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.
• Government incentives and support for the adoption of pollinator-friendly farming practices and restoration of bee habitats.
• Government funded, independent research in declining bee populations and the role of pesticides.
Join our call for urgent action to protect the UK's pollinators and the vital role in our ecosystem, economy and lives. Download the campaign Briefing here.
13 Feb 2013