News: Universal outrage at government's recent pesticide decision

The government's decision to permit the selective use of neonicotinoid pesticides despite overwhelming scientific evidence of the colossal harm caused to a great variety of essential pollinators has caused a media storm of outrage and condemnation.

 

The Natural Beekeeping Trust's position was quoted in this article in the Independent; the following selection of media responses makes for interesting reading, not least for the total absence of a commentary by Britain's leading beekeeping charity, the British Beekeeping Association. We raise the question whether beekeepers' interests are adequately represented by silence on a matter of such consequence to the bees. 

 

UK suspends ban on pesticides linked to serious harm in bees (in paper too) 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/23/eu-suspends-ban-pesticides-linked-serious-harm-bees

 

Environmentalists slam decision allowing farmers to ignore EU ban on pesticides linked to declining bee populations + editorial (in paper too)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/environmentalists-slam-decision-allowing-farmers-to-ignore-eu-ban-on-pesticides-linked-to-declining-bee-populations-10411334.html

 

Ban lifted on controversial 'neonic' pesticide

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33641646

 

Fury as government approves banned 'bee-killing' pesticides despite petition by 500,000 people

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fury-government-approves-banned-bee-6125365

 

Bee cause: Germany tightens, UK relaxes neonic regulation

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2959892/bee_cause_germany_tightens_uk_relaxes_neonic_regulation.html

 

500k People Don't Want The Government To Lift A Ban On 'Bee-Killing' Pesticide - But It Just Did

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/07/23/government-lifts-ban-on-harmful-bee-pesticide-despite-petition_n_7856036.html

 

U.K. government lifts ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/u-k-government-lifts-ban-on-neonicotinoid-pesticides/article/439162

 

Lobby pressure forces U-turn on ban on bee-killing pesticide 

http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/news/national-news/126299-lobby-pressure-forces-u-turn-on-ban-on-bee-killing-pesticide.html

 

Farmland bird and butterfly declines show we are ‘failing nature’

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/rural/farming/farmland-bird-and-butterfly-declines-show-we-are-failing-nature-1-7375214

 

NFU granted autumn emergency use neonicotinoid derogation

http://www.fginsight.com/news/nfu-granted-autumn-emergency-use-neonicotinoid-derogation-4968

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