Support tougher restrictions on bee-harming pesticides

For nearly four years, there has been a temporary ban on three bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has gone one step further and said that tougher restrictions are needed. He recognises that the science is stacking up against these bee-harming pesticides and that farmers are farming successfully without them.

Michael Gove will be taking part in an EU vote on banning neonicotinoids soon, so we need him to know that you support tougher restrictions too.

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Neonicotinoids (neonics) are systemic pesticides used on plants. This means they are absorbed into every part of a plant – from the roots and stem, to leaves and flowers. When a bee feeds on pollen or nectar containing these chemicals, the neonic can damage its nervous system. This will affect the bee's feeding, navigation, foraging and reproduction.

At the moment the ban on neonics only covers crops that are attractive to pollinators. But the science shows that no matter where these pesticides are used, they contaminate our soil and water affecting wildflowers which could be valuable food for our pollinators[1].

[1] The Soil Association's guide to neonics