Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Britain Opposes EU Pesticide Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides Blamed for Bee Deaths Around the World.
Extraordinary steps were taken by the British Government last night to head off a proposed EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been widely blamed for bee deaths around the world.
The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, circulated a note to all 27 EU member states saying there was not enough evidence yet for a ban, which environmental campaigners have increasingly called for and is already supported by 13 EU countries. In a Brussels vote on a ban last Friday, in which the UK Government abstained, the necessary majority could not be reached and the issue remained deadlocked. The British abstention was widely criticised.

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