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Minister Benn Puts On Chemical Warfare Costume

Hilary Benn continued his resistance to curbing of chemical use recently in this amusing piece. Not sure any of us should trust DEFRA to be responsible for the production of safe food when so in thrall to Monsanto et al. Fortunately bees are popular with the public so the lobbying power of big arable farming and chemical manufacturers should come unstuck.

Private Eye, Friday 1st May, 2009

When quizzed on Farming Today about the newly announced 10m for research into the decline of honey bees and other pollinating insects, environment secretary Hilary Benn said bees' big problems were diseases, bad weather and loss of habitat. "We haven't seen any evidence that [pesticides] have an adverse impact on bees" he insisted. There is in fact already enough evidence of harm to bees for some pesticides to have been banned in several European countries, including France, Italy and Germany. Presumably, Benn is not up to date with the latest development in the US, where the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Pesticide Registration (DPR) have begun re-evaluating hundreds of pesticide products after receiving an "adverse effects disclosure" about the neonicotinoids pesticide imidacloprid from Bayer itself.

Last Modified - 8th August 2009

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