Pesticides are harming our wildlife and contaminating our environment and food. But their use is rising. What’s more, the government has just allowed temporary “emergency” use of a banned bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticide on some farms.
We’ve now got a valuable opportunity to turn things around. The government is consulting on its new pesticides action plan to hear your views. And thanks to increasing pressure from people like you, it’s already committed to minimise the harmful impacts of pesticides.
But there’s still a lot to be done to make the plan fit for purpose. And we expect the pesticides industry will be lobbying to weaken it.
We need to make sure this plan includes:
- pesticide reduction targets that are ambitious enough to reduce environmental harm
- support to help farmers reduce their pesticide use
- a commitment to keep any existing EU bans on harmful pesticides and chemicals, including neonicotinoids
- a commitment to phase out the use of pesticides in our parks, schools and streets
Will you write to the government and ask for an ambitious pesticide reduction plan? We’ve only got until 26 February for our voices to be heard.
We’ve written a draft email which you can edit, so it should only take a minute.