Andrew Griffiths MP has welcomed Government plans to ban chemicals used in pesticides that are harmful to bees. The announcement, made by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, comes as the European Union is expected to vote on a Europe wide ban in December.
The EU banned the use of these chemicals, known as neonicotinoids, on flowering crops in 2013, and the vote next month is expected to see the use of these pesticides in the open air banned altogether. Until now, the UK had not supported a ban of these chemicals, but after reviewing the evidence, Mr Gove has decided that the Government will support a ban, and will continue to keep restrictions on these pesticides in place once the UK has left the European Union.
Andrew said: “Bees and other pollinators are so important to our natural environment, and it is good news that the Government has looked at the evidence and listened to the lobbying of thousands of people and decided to back this ban. This is another great decision that has been made by the Government to protect our beautiful natural environment.”
Mr Gove said: “Not to act would be to risk continuing down a course which could have extensive and permanent effects on bee populations. That is not a risk I am prepared to take, so the UK will be supporting further restrictions on neonicotinoids.”
Farmers will still be able to apply for emergency authorisation for limited and controlled use of certain pesticides when they are not able to control a threat to crops by other means.
The decision has also been welcomed by environment groups included Friends of the Earth.