Banning insecticides won’t save British bees

Reversing the honeybee’s population decline is a complex matter, and stopping the use of neonicotinoid insecticides until they are shown to be safe to honeybees, part of a Co-op initiative, is over-reacting, according to the BCPC.


“This is just another example of organisations reacting in an emotive area without reference to the science base,” says chairman, Colin Ruscoe.


“Losses are due to a combination of issues, weather, the varroa mite and other factors which require further research. That’s why DEFRA is putting an extra £4.3m of funding into bee health research.”


Seed treatment improvements have overcome acknowledged kills by neonicotinoids, he notes.

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