Government says No to Pesticide Ban

by Bethany Day on September 14, 2013

Environment officials have expressed their disappointment after the Government refused to ban ‘bee-killing’ pesticides in garden centres.

The decision came in spite of some MPs’ pleas that there is “no justification for people using these products on their Dahlias”.

The Environmental Audit Committee had recommended that neonicotinoid pesticides be banned for amateur use in the UK, claiming there is no need for them to be used in private gardens.

Ministers, however, refuse to ban all products. They have expelled some of the most toxic pesticides for use in gardens, following moves by the EU, but many lower toxicity pesticides will not be outcast.

“Garden use is on a significantly smaller scale than agricultural use and many garden products are… a lower toxicity,” read a statement.

Campaigners have reacted angrily to the news, claiming the Government is turning a blind eye to one of the main causes of bee decline in the UK.

“I am disappointed that the Government has not accepted the great weight of scientific evidence that points to the need for the ban on these pesticides in line with the precautionary principle,” said Joan Walley MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.

“There is no justification for people using these products on their Dahlias when they could be damaging pollinator populations.”

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