The government has given the green light for bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides to be used in the UK. It’s up to us to reverse this dangerous decision.
Campaign group Friends of the Earth labelled the move “incredibly brazen”.
But Michael Sly, chairman of the NFU Sugar board, welcomed the decision, saying he was “relieved”.
“The British sugar beet crop continues to be threatened by virus yellows disease, which in recent years has caused crop losses of up to 80%. The home-grown sugar industry is working hard to find viable, long-term solutions to this disease,” he said.
Sugar lobby not science
Greenpeace shared a tweet and wrote: “BREAKING: The government just approved the use of a BANNED bee-killing pesticide AGAIN! One teaspoon of the pesticide is enough to kill 1.25 billion bees – it should be kept away from them! Who else thinks the government should listen to the science and NOT the sugar lobby?”
Greenpeace also shared an image of Winnie-the-pooh and piglet discussing why there are no more bees.