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HOME En - Fr - Es - De English The Environmental Audit Committee urges UK government: a precautionary moratorium on bee-killer pesticides is necessary

The Environmental Audit Committee urges UK government: a precautionary moratorium on bee-killer pesticides is necessary

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 April 10, 2013 spagnola 18x12 italiana 18x12

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The Environmental Audit Committee released a report urging the UK government to ban neonicotinoid treatments on maize, rapeseed, sunflower and cotton.

The ban has been advanced by the European Commission, based on scientific evidences showing the unacceptable role that these products plays on the bees and pollinators' decline.

"We believe that the weight of scientific evidence now warrants precautionary action, so we are calling for a moratorium on pesticides linked to bee decline" said Joan Walley, chair of the committee.

The EU Commission is critical on the UK government approach and classifies it as "not appropriate". In fact, the UK Environmental Ministry failed, on the 15th of March, to agree a ban on three widely used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees - chlothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. "Decisions on neonicotinoids must be based on sound scientific evidence, That's why we want the European Commission to agree to our suggestion for a major new field study to get the best, most up-to-date evidence" - said a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) spokesman.

Press release: Le Monde - The Guardian - ScienceInsider - Reuters -  BBC