Following pressure from the sugar industry and National Farmers Union, the Government has agreed to authorise the use of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam for the treatment of sugar beet seed in 2021 – going back on promises not to reverse the ban unless scientific evidence supported it. Yet, the weight of evidence continues to show a significant environmental risk related to the use of neonicotinoids – particularly to our bees and other pollinators.
With the impact of climate change and extreme weather posing a real threat to farmers and their businesses, we need to find solutions that allows for agriculture that supports healthy wildlife. In this episode of Wild LIVE we discuss whether we’re witnessing the start of a backwards slide with the emergency derogation given to allow the use of thiamethoxam and a return to the old ways, rather than looking for new innovative solutions.
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