UK 'will support' neonicotinoid pesticide ban

From BBC - November 9, 2017

An extended ban on controversial neonicotinoid pesticides will be supported by the UK, Environment Secretary Michael Gove says.

The UK has previously resisted tighter restrictions on the pesticides, saying there was insufficient evidence. Mr Gove says that's no longer the case.

Environmentalists have long said neonicotinoids are harming pollinators.

But the UK government has generally backed the farmers' view that the chemicals are safe.

It was overruled in 2013 when the EU banned three types of neonicotinoid pesticides for most uses in the fields.

The European Commission now wants to extend that ban to all uses of "neonics" except for in greenhouses.

This time Mr Gove says the UK wo not object in principle.

He will wait to see the exact wording of the proposal but he agrees the science now suggests that the pesticides could be harming pollinators.


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