We welcome the long-awaited publication of the UK Government's National Pollinator Strategy (NPS), an important step towards reversing the decline of pollinators in the UK, but stronger action is needed to protect pollinators from pesticides following mounting evidence of the threats they pose.
The Government still fails to accept European neonicotinoid risk assessments based on robust, peer-reviewed science and there is still little indication of how it will ensure sufficient change is achieved to reverse pollinator declines.
Pollinators contribute £510 million worth of crops to our economy every year. It would cost the UK at least £1.8 billion annually to pollinate crops without them – an expense that would add to the price of the weekly shop.
You can help make sure sufficient action is taken to protect bees and other insect pollinators, by asking your local MP to accept the evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides harm pollinators and asking them to take steps to ensure that:
- The Government commits to fully implementing, enforcing and monitoring the EU neonicotinoid ban.
- The ban is extended beyond the initial two year period, which is not long enough to investigate the impact of the ban.
- The Government establishes a rigorous monitoring programme to ascertain the effects of the ban for both wildlife and farming.
- Research that is funded by pesticide manufacturers is designed, conducted and reported independently; and once completed, the results are peer-reviewed and published in full.
- Decisions on neonicotinoids are informed by independent, peer-reviewed and non-commercially driven research.
EJF’s pesticides campaign raises public, industry and political awareness of the most dangerous pesticides. We have secured national bans on endosulfan and in 2011 worked alongside an international coalition to secure a global ban on endosulfan under the Stockholm Convention. We have shown how children working in cotton fields are exposed to some of the world's most toxic chemicals, with tragic results. You can help us to safeguard the health of humans, animals and our global environment by contacting your local MP.
Find your local MP and write to them:
- Go to www.writetothem.com
- Enter your postcode
- Click on the name of your MP
- Write your concern in the box, enter your address and send.