|PAN UK welcomes EU vote on neonicotinoids as a big step forward in protecting our bees|
PAN UK welcomes today's vote by EU member states that paves the way for a two year suspension on the use of certain types of neonicotinoid pesticides on crops attractive to bees.
We are, however, dismayed that the measure does not go far enough and introduce a permanent ban on all uses of neonicotinoid pesticides given the weight of scientific evidence indicating that neonicotinoids are harmful to bees. PAN UK had called for a moratorium on all uses of neonicotinoids pending an immediate and urgent independent review of the latest science. The EU vote was a lost opportunity to address the issue conclusively and comprehensively.
We are further dismayed that the UK government voted against the measure, and continued to demonstrate an unwillingness to act on what is a major threat to the health of the our agricultural eco-systems.
PAN UK will continue to campaign for a complete ban on neonicotinoids, and will be working towards achieving that aim when this temporary suspension comes to an end.
Keith Tyrell, PAN Director said:
“Whilst we welcome the EU vote as a significant step forward, we are dismayed that it is only a temporary half measure which goes nowhere near far enough in protecting our bees and other vital pollinators from the harm of neonicotinoid pesticides.”
“PAN UK will continue to campaign for a complete moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, and for a thorough and independent review of the scientific research on the subject.”
29 April 2013