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Banning neonicotinoids ought to be simply the beginning | Letters

Peter Melchett of the Soil Affiliation bemoans the ability held by the chemical business; Huw Jones writes that agricultural coverage wants knowledgeable understanding, not simply political opportunism; plus letters from Deb Nicholson, Graeme Taylor and Bruce Friedrich

It’s nice that Michael Gove has accepted the overwhelming scientific proof that neonicotinoids are killing bees, different bugs and birds, though it’s a unhappy commentary on how security choices on pesticides have been taken so far (Plan bee – Britain to reverse opposition to ban on colony-killing pesticide, says Gove, 9 November). The truth is that the political and financial energy of the chemical business have had way more affect than the outcomes of unbiased scientific analysis.

Michael Gove says that there “could be a case for going additional” than the present momentary ban on three neonicotinoid sprays and their use on just some crops (The proof factors in a single path – we should ban neonicotinoids, 9 November). He’s proper – all neonicotinoids ought to be banned as a result of analysis reveals they’re entering into wild flowers, turning what ought to be secure havens for bees and butterflies into potential killing fields. Analysis led by Professor David Goulson of Sussex College, half funded by the Soil Affiliation, discovered that some wild flowers within the margins of crops on the sting of fields truly contained extra neonicotinoids than the sprayed crop.
Peter Melchett
Coverage director, Soil Affiliation

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