In November 2017, Michael Gove, Environment Secretary, pledged to prevent the use of a group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. A restriction on their use had been placed on them by the EU in 2013 but, with Brexit and possible US trade deal deregulation ahead, we wanted to remind Mr Gove of his promise to care for the environment and to leave the pesticide controls in place.
Please kindly consider signing and sharing the petition below and check out the links provided to see how you can join the continued fight to save these very very special creatures!
Sign this Friend of the Earth petition: Support tougher restrictions on bee-harming pesticides
Write to your MP in your own words telling them how important it is to set tougher restrictions to curb the practice of routinely spraying chemicals everywhere: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/
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Research into pesticides and their effects on bees: Pesticides in “Bee-Friendly” flowers
Strongest evidence yet that neonicotinoids are killing bees (New Scientist)
Farms could slash pesticide use without losses (The Guardian)
Would we starve without bees? (BBC)
Attack of the bee killers: Documents show Bayer and Syngenta teamed up with farmers to get around bee-friendly regulation (Politico)
Controversial pesticides can decimate honey bees, large study finds (Science)
Pesticide Lobby Spends Millions To Defend Chemicals Tied To Bee Deaths (Huffington Post)
Revealed: rightwing groups plot to ditch EU safety standards on food and drugs (Guardian)