Aug 14th, 2014
Bees: Letter from David Cameron
By Robin Priestley
An exciting letter came into the 38 Degrees office this week.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has written in, in response to 38 Degrees members successful campaign to stop the UK Government from allowing Syngenta’s banned bee-killer pesticides back on UK fields.
The Prime Minister’s letter is below. In it he says “Let me first reassure you that we accept the EU ban on neonicotinoids” but later he goes on to say “Evidence on the impact of pesticide use is incomplete…”. This is despite a recent four year review of all of the science which said the widespread impact of neonicotinoids was ‘impossible to deny’.
David Cameron wrote that “the UK will be hosting large scale field trials later this year to add to the evidence base” so they’re clearly not yet convinced of the mountain of evidence that already exists. It’s wonderful news that there are no plans to let the big chemical companies wriggle out of the European ban, but let’s watch this space and make sure we’re here to fight for our bees if the threat reappears.