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Environmental Audit Committee recommends moratorium on neonicotinoid pesticides by Nick Boley

The UK Environmental Audit Committee, a House of Commons Select Committee, has recommended to Defra that it should prepare to introduce a moratorium on the use of the neonicotinoid pesticides imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam on crops that are attractive to bees by 1 January 2014, and support such a proposal in the EU.

The information from a number of studies, all of which had some flaws in the way they were conducted, has indicated that there may be a significant problem with these three pesticides contributing to the decline in bee populations – bees are vital to the propagation of crops in the UK. However, the Committee were concerned that Defra should have used the precautionary principle in the light of the evidence arising from these studies and introduced a moratorium earlier.

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