Spelling more trouble for the bees

Spelling more trouble for bees everywhere, the government of the United Kingdom has temporarily lifted the ban on a neocotinoid pesticide that has proven to be directly linked to their sharp decline in recent years.

The ban was placed earlier by the European Union after studies clearly showed the pesticide caused significant harm to bees.

The lift came following repeated petitions by members of the National Farmers Union, due to the impact of flea beetles on their crops during the absence of the pesticide. For 120 days two neonicotinoid pesticides will be allowed for use on about 5% of England’s oilseed rape crop.  Although many English farmers are pleased with the lift, some say it is too little, too late.

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