22 June 2015
Mansfield MP says: Keep the ban on bee-harming pesticides
Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale has committed to protect bees in the UK, speaking out against proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides.
Sir Alan said:
“I have added my name to this declaration as Government ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides – known as neonicotinoids – back into the UK soil this autumn – despite clear evidence of how much damage they do to our bee population.
“I am committed to doing all I can as MP to protect bees and speaking up to make sure this ban on bee-harming pesticides is kept in place is critical. This is an issue that lots of people in Mansfield care about – so the Government needs to keep the ban in place and deny emergency authorisation for these pesticides this autumn.”
Friends of the Earth Bees Campaigner Dave Timms said:
“Bees are crucial for our food and farming. The scientific evidence is growing all the time about the need to protect our much loved bees from these dangerous pesticides. It’s vital the Government keeps them out of our fields and gardens for good.”