STANDING UP FOR THE BEES
Conservation groups have welcomed environment secretary Michael Gove’s announcement that the UK Government will now support current – and further – restrictions on the use of the group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids.
It represents a significant u-turn on the part of the Government. When the EU proposed a partial ban in 2013, it opposed the move, but the ban was implemented anyway.
“The risks neonicotinoids pose to our environment, particularly to the bees and other pollinators which play such a key part in our £100bn food industry, is greater than previously understood,” Gove said. “I believe this justifies further restrictions on their use.”
By Gove: pollinators have gained the support of the Government.