David Crausby MP has called for the protection of bees in the UK, speaking out against allowing farmers to break a ban on bee-harming pesticides.
The Bolton North East MP made the declaration as government ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides – known as neonicotinoids – back into UK soil this year, despite clear evidence of how much damage they do to our bees.
The pesticides have been banned after public pressure and scientific evidence showed the damage that they do to Bee populations, but the Government keep wavering in their decision and have threatened to remove the ban a number of times in the last few years.
Recent figures show that bees contribute £651 million to the UK economy each year – up 51% since 2007. For instance 85% of the UK’s apple crops and 45% of our strawberry crops rely on bees to grow.
A study in 2012 found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand – which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and veg, to rocket.
David Crausby said: “It is important that we protect bees in the UK. It’s not just an environmental issue, the loss of British bees would be a major detriment to our economy and our agriculture. The government needs to keep the ban in place and deny authorisation of these pesticides this spring.”
Mr Crausby has co-sponsored a motion in Parliament calling on the Government to follow the scientific evidence and support the EU wide ban on neonicotinoids.