This week Parliament will be considering whether or not to remove the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides. Bees are under threat, partially from environmental changes but far more from the use of these pesticides which severely affect them. Bees are one of the most important means of plant fertilisation and the current reduction of the population is bad news for almost all plants. The pressure to use these pesticides is purely commercial – a desire to increase profits however disastrous the consequences. The ban must remain.
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