Buglife: ‘Little economic benefit and huge environmental impact – suspend neonics now’


Press-release from Buglife – the invertebrate conservation trust. 21 Nov 2012


Buglife CEO gives evidence to House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee

Today Buglife Chief Executive Matt Shardlow gave evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on insects and insecticides; calling for the immediate suspension of neonicotinoid pesticides. Buglife believes the Government should suspend the use of these pesticides on the precautionary principles enshrined in European legislation.

Since 2009 there have been over 30 credible scientific studies into the effects of neonicotinoids on pollinators showing a far greater concern for the potential impact of their usage (94% of all the credible studies undertaken). 90% of all pollination is by wild pollinators and pollination is estimated to be worth £510 million per annum to UK agriculture, if the use of these pesticides reduces pollinations by just five per cent the net result of their use will be economic loss.

“The economic case for neonicotinoids is marginal at best the environmental cost is a price too high to pay. The use of these indiscriminate pesticides must be suspended before it is too late to halt the alarming decline in wild pollinators.” – Matt Shardlow commented.

“Italy, Germany, France and Serbia are among the nations to have already suspended the use of these killers.It is time the Government realised that the public have no wish for the UK to be considered the dirty old man of Europe.”

Click on the link to download “A review of recent research relating to the impact of neonicotinoids on the environment“.

To find out more about Buglife’s campaign on neonicotinoids please click on the link.

To read Buglife’s report on the impact of neonicotinoids on honey bees, bumblebees and non-target invertebrates please click on the link.


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