Monday 11 January 2021

BBC: UK allows emergency use of bee-harming pesticide



A pesticide believed to harm bees has been authorised for emergency use in England, despite an earlier ban.

In 2018, an almost total ban was put in by the EU and UK because of the serious damage it could cause to bees.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says its use will be limited to this year only. 

A spokeswoman told Newsbeat the measures "will be tightly controlled to minimise any potential risk to pollinators".

Emergency use of a product containing the chemical thiamethoxam has been allowed because a virus is threatening sugar beet seeds.

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