Despite pleding to keep environmental protections after Brexit, Weston’s Tory MP has voted to allow bee killing pesticides in the UK, despite these having been banned across the EU.
Patrick Keating, spokesperson for the Weston-super-Mare Liberal Democrats, said “The government giving the green light for such a highly-damaging pesticide to be sprayed on crops is bad news for bees and other insects.”
The government knows the clear harm that neonicotinoid pesticides cause to bees and other pollinators and just three years ago supported restrictions on them across the European Union. Why should British crops be covered in such chemicals when the government supported its ban in other countries?”
Research has indicated that the pesticide harms bee brain development, weakens immune systems and can leave bees unable to fly.
Environmental groups have accused the government of exacerbating the biodiversity crisis, which has resulted in at least half the world’s insects disappearing