New tests have revealed the extent to which English rivers are contaminated with powerful insecticides. Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) are calling on the Government to commit to an overall reduction in pesticide use.
The EU is expected to ban the use of neonicotinoids on all outdoor use due to the harm they cause to bees and other pollinators. Evidence is also growing that neonicotinoids harm songbirds and other species.
Josie Cohen, Head of Policy and Campaigns at PAN UK (who are a member of Sustain) says this research is “yet another nail in the coffin for the use of these toxic pesticides.
“Michael Gove’s recent pledge to maintain the ban on neonics once we leave the EU will provide some respite to bees, birds and insects. However, if the government truly wants to deliver the Green Brexit it promised, then we need a commitment to an overall reduction in pesticide use and a significant increase in support to farmers and growers using sustainable non-chemical alternatives.”
These were the first systematic tests of neonictinoids in British rivers. The results show that of the 23 rivers tested across Britain only six were free of neonictinoid pollution.
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