The Government has gone against the explicit advice of their own scientific advisors and approved the use of bee-killing pesticides.
The continued use of these pesticides will further increase the decline of our vital bee population – without which our farming system would collapse, threatening livelihoods across the country. We should be supporting farmers to deliver sustainable farming and halt species decline. Worryingly, the Government is doing the exact opposite. It’s like they don’t know we are in a climate and nature emergency.
We need a strong ban on these harmful pesticides and an updated strategy from Government to restore bee populations.
Thank you to my colleague, Luke Pollard MP, for securing a debate on this important issue. You can watch my intervention during the debate below.