Steve McCabe MP calls for the Environment Secretary to reject application to temporarily lift the band on harmful neonicotinoid pesticides

Steve McCabe MP has written to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ask her to refuse the application from the National Farmers Union to temporarily lift the ban on harmful neonicotinoid pesticides.

 

You can read Steve’s letter here

 

Steve has been contacted by lots of constituents who are very concerned about any plans to lift the ban because of the serious risk these pesticides pose to the bee population. Neonicotinoid pesticides are also being linked to reductions of butterfly and bird populations too.

 

Steve McCabe MP said:

“These pesticides are rightly banned in the UK after they were found to pose a “high acute risk" to our diminishing bee population. In my opinion, the Government should move quickly to protect our wildlife by rejecting the application. I’ve also asked the Secretary of State what the Department’s long-term intentions are for the EU-wide ban after Brexit.”

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