‘Emergency’ Derogation on Neonicotinoids Declined PDF Print E-mail

Picture of a beePAN-UK welcomes the recent decision by DEFRA to uphold the EU ban of neonicotinoids, due to their link to pollinator decline.

DEFRA rejected a request from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), for permission to use ‘emergency’ applications of neonicotinoids in order to control cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape this spring.  Their request would have undermined a Europe-wide ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides that was introduced to assess the effect, if any, on yields and pollinator populations . 

In fact, the data so far shows minimal impact on yields and there have been no major flea beetle outbreaks since the ban came into force.

The decision to continue to protect our pollinators from these debilitating chemicals is good news for the future of British agriculture  Maintaining the ban will allow decisions about the health of our countryside to be based on observation and science rather than propaganda from profit driven industry.

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