UK Parliamentary committee recommends suspension of toxic insecticides05/04/2013 06:50:44 Call to suspend the use of three of the major neonicotinoids
April 2013. The UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), comprised of MPs from all the main parties, have released their findings from a four month inquiry into neonicotinoids, a group of insecticides linked to detrimental toxic effects on wildlife.
Suspend use of three of the major neonicotinoids
The report has been broadly welcomed by Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust which have been campaigning for a ban for many years since producing a report in 2009 which raised concerns about the impact of neonicotinoids on wild pollinators.
Vanessa Amaral-Rogers, Buglife's Pesticides Officer said "We are extremely impressed at the robust stance that the Environmental Audit Committee has taken. The recommendations are in keeping with the overwhelming scientific evidence that neonicotinoids are having an adverse effect on honeybees and other wild pollinators. The EAC report is clear that there is now enough evidence to act immediately. This is a stark contrast to Defra's current stance that further studies are required before action can be taken".
Wild pollinator monitoring programme
Vanessa said "Without a pollinator monitoring programme, we depend on ad hoc records and schemes covering moths and butterflies to understand the problem of bee and pollinator decline. A monitoring programme will show us where pollinators, and other wildlife, need our help the most. We urge Defra to act on the findings of the EAC inquiry and implement the recommendations which will be an important step towards helping these wonderful insects".