Molly, a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, has welcomed a report by the EU’s scientific risk assessors which concludes that neonicotinoids pose a serious danger to all bees. The report, endorsed in a vote today by the European Parliament, is based on the analysis of more than 1,500 studies and makes it highly likely that the pesticides will soon be banned across the EU. Molly believes that the continuous pressure brought to bear by Greens and environment and wildlife campaign groups has finally paid off. She said:

“Five years ago, when Greens and campaign groups were pushing for a ban on all neonicotinoid pesticides due to their harmful effects on bees, it felt like we were banging our heads against a brick wall. Now we find ourselves pushing at an open door. There is now widespread agreement about the negative effects of these substances and more and more people – including Michael Gove – are coming together to call for a ban.”

However, Molly also had a message for the environment secretary on the importance of adopting a wider perspective if his ‘Green Brexit’ is to become a reality:

“This report notes that for bees to survive and thrive will require more than just banning noenicitinoids. Intensive farming reduces the range of flowering crops for bees to feed on and exposing bees to the cocktail of common agricultural chemicals weakens them, making them vulnerable to diseases and parasites.

“Bees are an essential part of our agricultural system, but the web of nature is delicate and complicated: we must promote a farming system that works with and not against nature if we are to give bees a chance.”