Cambridge’s buzzing bees are under threat after the Government reversed a ban on bee-killing pesticides.
Daniel Zeichner MP has slammed the Government decision to allow the controversial chemicals known as neonicotinoids to be used on fields and demanded a Commons vote.
Mr Zeichner, who is shadow minister with national responsibility for pesticide use, accused the Government of U-turning on pollinator protection breaking their guarantee from 2017 to uphold the ban after leaving the EU.
After high level meetings with Friends of the Earth, the Cambridge MP has also called on the Government to urgently publish the Expert Committee on Pesticides’ full scientific assessment of allowing the use of bee-killing pesticides and has tabled a series of official Parliamentary Questions.
Bees and other pollinators are already struggling. Shockingly a third of the UK bee population is thought to have vanished in just a decade. Bee-keepers are raising the alarm that this latest pesticide use could be a death knell for even more precious pollinators.
Daniel Zeichner MP, who is Vice-President of Cambridgeshire Bee Keepers Association and a Species Champion for the Ruderal Bumblebee, said:
“With up to three quarters of our crops dependent on bees and other pollinators, we all need our bees to be safe.
“This is a worrying indication of the Government diverging on hard-won environmental gains following Brexit.
“Local people don’t want pollinator poisons on our fields. As an environment minister I‘m working hard to protect bees, that is why I am calling for a Parliamentary vote to stop the Government’s plan to allow bee-killing pesticides to be used again. With spring just around the corner, let’s get our voices buzzing for bees.”