Tuesday, September 30, 2008

UK Group Calls for Pesticide Ban to Aid Honey Bees

Soil Association Urges Ban on Pesticides to Halt Bee Deaths
Alison Benjamin, The Guardian, 9/29/2008

The Soil Association has urged the government to ban pesticides linked to honeybee deaths around the world.

The chemicals are widely used in UK agriculture but have been banned as a precaution in four other European countries. Last week the Italian government issued an immediate suspension after it accepted that the pesticides were implicated in killing honeybees, joining France, Germany and Slovenia…

The pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, are approved to kill insects on a range of crops in the UK including oilseed rape, barley and sugar beet. Their use on oilseed rape is of particular concern to beekeepers as the crop's yellow flower is very attractive to honeybees…

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