Molly has welcomed the decision by EU countries to extend existing restrictions on three of the most widely used neonicotinoids. The UK’s change of heart on the use of these insecticides, pushed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, is thought to have helped secure today’s ban.
Responding to the new restrictions, Molly, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, said:
“This news will really sting the agri-chemical corporates who for years have lobbied to prevent a ban on these hugely damaging insecticides. But great news for bees and other pollinators. And for us. Comprehensively banning the mostly widely used neonicotinoids is an essential step to reverse the decline in bee populations, who along with other pollinators, play a huge role in maintaining biodiversity and in ensuring our food supply.”
“After years in which the Conservatives sided with the corporations and opposed a ban on neonicotinoids, Michael Gove has helped turn the Tory Party in a greener direction. It shows the positive influence the UK can have on the direction of EU policy and exposes the myth that rules and regulations are imposed on the UK by Brussels bureaucrats. The ban on these lethal chemicals was backed by the democratically elected European Parliament; supported by the Commission and has now been voted on by member states. That’s how the EU works!”