Pesticide at centre of row ‘not a threat to bees’, claim farming chiefs

August 7, 2015

From: Shropshire Star

There is no evidence that a strong type of pesticide is causing a decline in bee populations, a Shropshire farming chief has claimed.

The Government has temporarily lifted a ban on neonicotinoid in certain parts of the country despite an EU-wide moratorium.

Studies have claimed the pesticide is harmful to bees, but NFU regional director for Shropshire Rob Newbery, said there is “no compelling evidence” that it is having an impact.

He said: “Damage caused to crops by cabbage stem flea beetle is a widespread problem on a national scale and neonicotinoid seed treatments are vital to provide protection from these pests.

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