Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North

Barry calls for ban on chemicals threatening bees

Barry chaired the panel at a parliamentary event on “The threat to bees from pesticides”.

As ministers prepare to make decision on application to lift the ban, pressure is building to keep neonicotinoids - a specific type of pesticide - off our fields this summer. 

This is an issue Barry has campaigned on consistently and it is an issue raised by many constituents. He was delighted to welcome a growing list of MPs who are opposed to lifting of the ban on bee harming pesticides.

Neonicotinoids have been restricted across Europe since 2013 due to mounting evidence that they pose a risk to bees. Bees are responsible for pollinating two thirds of the food we eat. But the National Farmers Union (NFU) has applied to the government to lift the ban in some parts of the country. Ministers are currently considering their application.

Barry took the pledge to oppose the lifting of the ban at the Parliamentary event, organised by 38 Degrees and Friends of the Earth. MPs heard new evidence from scientists and from a Lincolnshire farmer who had stopped using these pesticides before the ban. 

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