Soil Association urges ban on pesticides to halt bee deaths
Sep 29th 2009
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.
Peter Melchett, the Soil Association's policy director, said: "It is typical of the lax approach to pesticide regulation in the UK that we look like being one of the last of the major farming countries in the EU to wake up to the threat to our honeybees."
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Last Modified - 16th February 2009