Friday, 29 November 2013

'Wildlife at risk' from incoming ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths

Farmers and beekeepers warn that crop-growers may turn to older pesticides when EU ban on neonicotinoids begins

Wildlife could be at risk from an imminent ban on pesticides linked to bee deaths, farmers and beekeepers have warned.

On Sunday, a European Union-wide ban on three neonicotinoids will come into force, but the National Farmers Union (NFU) and British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) have said the restriction could fuel a rise in spray-based pesticides.They say such alternatives could harmbees, soil-dwelling insects and spiders, and lead to higher genetic resistance to pesticides among crop-eating insects.

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