Scot­land urged to ban bee-killing in­sec­ti­cides

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By ILONA AMOS

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has come un­der fire from con­ser­va­tion­ists for “sit­ting on the fence” after West­min­ster said it would sup­port a Euro­pean ban on bee-killing pesticides.

Min­is­ters have held off de­cid­ing on the fu­ture of neon­i­coti­noid in­sec­ti­cide use in Scot­land for too long and must now “get off the fence and show some lead­er­ship” to pro­tect pol­li­na­tors, ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Wildlife Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonny Hughes.

The UK gov­ern­ment has an­nounced it will back an EU pro­posal for an out­right ban on the chem­i­cals, but Scot­tish ru­ral econ­omy sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing said Scot­land sup­ports “con­tin­u­a­tion of the cur­rent re­stric­tions”, and will not de­cide un­til a re­view by the Euro­pean Food Safety Author­ity is com­pleted.

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