Ban the commercial and domestic use of neonicotinoids

Ban the commercial and domestic use of neonicotinoids

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Bradley Lindsay started this petition to Environment agency

The population decline of bees and other pollinating insects is a pressing issue we face today. These pollinating species are responsible for around 85% of all flowering plants which is approximately 65-70% of all plants. Furthermore they are important in promoting genetic diversity of many more plant species. 

They play an extremely important role in our food production with wild populations of pollinators in the UK providing a service of an estimated £1.8 billion a year in the pollination of food crops. Our demand for food is increasing alongside our population growth so protecting pollinating insects is crucial for human thriving. 

Over the past 50 years populations and diversity of these insects have been declining. This is now starting to happen at increasingly unsustainable speeds which can be due to a variety of reasons, one of which including the widespread use of insecticides. 

Neonicotinoids (or neonics) are a family of systemic insecticides that were brought into use in the 1980s and have had widespread use in agriculture throughout this time. They are used to kill pests such as aphids and root-feeding grubs. They have been confirmed to be damaging to bees and other pollinators by causing brain damage and death. This scientific research led to a temporary ban in the EU in 2013 and now a permanent ban has been put in place in the UK in 2018. 

However, the ban was not all encompassing and was only banned in agriculture meaning that personal and commercial use of neonicotinoids are still possible. This means that garden plants with neonics already in them are available to buy. Garden flowers are a great way to increase bee and pollinator populations and many people may think they are helping when planting flowers bought from garden centres but can actually be causing more harm than good. They can also be used by professional growers in the ornamental horticulture industry and can sometimes be labelled as perfect for pollinators. 

This petition is to ban the complete use of neonics in all areas of growing in the UK. There is no need for the use of these harmful chemicals which are harming necessary bee populations. Also, if the UK were to showcase a complete ban on neonics it could set a good example for other countries to follow as we can show they are unnecessary.

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