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We need to keep toxic neonics out of our fields and gardens, for good. Without a full ban, British bees could continue to decline. The scientific evidence neonics have on bees is now overwhelming. And they're implicated in the decline of butterflies and other pollinators too.
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Bees don’t mix with neonics – so what are the alternatives?
Farming with bee-harming neonics is not sustainable. There are plenty of alternative pest control methods to choose from. But more research is needed, so that farmers can protect their crops from damage and bees get all the protection they need at the same time.
We need to focus on a genuine Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. This is a holistic farming approach that combines a variety of pest management techniques and achieves adequate pest control while minimising risks to human health and the environment by reducing reliance on chemical pesticides.
More support for these methods and advice to farmers is needed from the government and farming industry.
Does No neonics mean more insecticide sprays?
It has been claimed that the ban on neonics has meant that farmers are using a lot more sprays of other insecticides - especially pyrethroids.
The use of pyrethroid sprays was already increasing even when neonic treated seeds were available - this was already causing concern because it was evident that pests were developing resistance to these insecticides. There is evidence that some farmers have increased the autumn use of pyrethroids since the neonic restrictions were introduced (but not during flowering when bees would be at highest risk).
An increase in pyrethroid use is counter productive as pests will become more resistant and because pyrethroid sprays can harm natural predators.
The response to the neonic restrictions should be the wider take up of non-chemical means of control in an IPM approach where sprays such as pyrethroids are used as a last resort.
Bee-friendly farming methods
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