France to ban oilseed pesticide to protect bees07/06/2012 07:17:39 More evidence to the danger from evaluate neonicotinoid pesticides
June 2012. French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll has outlined plans to ban Cruiser OSR, a neonicotinoid pesticide, and has officially asked the EU Commission to re-evaluate neonicotinoid pesticides to increase protection for bees.
Used on oilseed rape
Matt Shardlow, Buglife Chief Executive Officer, said "France has reacted quickly and properly to new evidence that a pesticide is likely to damage bees. In contrast the UK Government's head is in the sand on the neonicotinoid pesticides issue, preferring to defer decision making until they are presented with a hypothetical - but virtually unachievable - level of scientific proof. This is a policy that protects the pesticide industry but does not protect the public and the environment. A more precautionary path must be found so that our wild bumblebees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies can pollinate flowers safely".
Neonicotinoids are systemic chemicals; when applied to seeds they spread through the plant and are found in the plant's pollen and nectar. Neonicotinoid pesticides are applied as seed treatments to flowering crops such as oilseed rape to protect oilseed from insect pests.
85% reduction in the number of queen bees
Vicky Kindemba, Buglife Conservation Manager said "Oilseed rape with its prominent yellow fields is a crop that dominates our countryside but it could also be poisoning our pollinators. British Government needs to pay attention to the ban and take urgent action to protect our important pollinators from these dangerous pesticides".