We are happy to announce that the government rejected the farmers’ application to use neonicotinoid pesticides on oilseed rape this autumn. However, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) declared that they will send their application again and we are worried that another application will change things. Last year, after the first application was rejected, NFU re-applied for permission to use the pesticide, the Environment Secretary, Liz Truss MP, agreed to let farmers use banned neonicotinoid pesticides. We really hope that the story will not repeat this year. Here is why:
Over the past century, the UK lost 20 species of bees because of the massive usage of pesticides which harm them. Not to mention that 35 other species are under threat of extinction due to the same cause. Moreover, one out of ten wild bee species from across Europe are also under threat of extinction. The use of pesticides based on neonics, cause health problems and even death to our precious and irreplaceable helpers in agriculture: the bees. A bee infected with neonics cannot groom properly which weakens its immune system, and will have a high risk of developing diseases. According to Dr. Chris Connlly from the University of Dundee, the neonics also cause brain dysfunction in bees. This makes them confused, and this will make it really hard for them to find the hive. Plus, imagine how it must feel like to have to work when you feel sick and then how it must feel like to not be able to find your home. If the bee can’t make it to the hive, the bee will die and the hive will starve if several working bees die because they are the members of the hive who “bring the food home”. If the bee will make it to the hive she will contaminate the other bees, leading to the death of the whole hive.
This is why it is important that we all stand against these harmful pesticides by signing this petition: