The Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted to keep in place the ban on three pesticides which are harmful to bees and other pollinators. I received close to 10 000 emails on the matter from concerned citizens who understand the necessity of pollinators.
I, along with colleagues in the European Parliamentary Labour Party and the wider Socialists & Democrats group, voted to keep the ban in place. And this is why:
In the UK, bee populations have fallen by 30% since 2007. Although it is likely that this is due to a combination of factors, numerous studies have linked this decline to the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, the substances we voted to remain banned.
Approximately 75% of crops rely on insects for pollination, the protection of pollinator populations, such as bees, is hugely important to ensure the long-term viability of the food chain.
As these substances pose an acute risk to honeybee health, it is highly important that they remain banned in our country, as well as across the continent.
UK Conservative MEPs on the Environment Committee voted against keeping the ban. This is an insight into how our current government views environmental protections and a worrying sign for how they will legislate in this area post Brexit.
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