Wednesday, 3 March 2021

BBC: UK will no longer use bee-harming pesticide



A pesticide believed to harm bees won't be used in England, after it had been approved for temporary use in January.

The government had authorised the emergency use of a product containing the chemical thiamethoxam, because of a virus which affected sugar beet seeds. 

But that protection won't be needed now, as the colder weather means there's less risk to the crop.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said emergency authorisation was only "granted with strict conditions".

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says to justify use of the pesticide, its predictions had to show that the virus would reach a certain level.

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