Potential bee killer banned by EU

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A chemical which has been implicated in the recent rapid decline of bee numbers has been banned by the EU despite the objections of the UK government.

Southport’s Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies has been campaigning for neonicotinoids to be banned since evidence first started being reported that the controversial pesticide could be causing bee colonies to die.

15 EU governments today voted in favour of a ban. This was not enough to impose  a permanent ban straight away but it was enough to throw the decision to the EU Commission which is likely to announce a two year interim ban while more research is carried out.

When the UK government voted against the ban, Chris Davies MEP slammed British Ministers for bowing to pressure from big business.

Mr Davies said:

“There is enough evidence that neonicotinoids could be causing the catastrophic decline in bee numbers to warrant at least a temporary suspension in their use.”

“Bees and other wild pollinators are worth over £100 million per year to the UK agricultural sector and we can’t keep taking risks with crop production like this.”

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