Potential bee killer banned by EU April 29th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments 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.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!