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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.

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