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Hope for the UK bee population

Joanne Parkinson

12th November 2017

Following years of campaigns by environmental groups and many online petitions raising awareness of the plight of global bee populations; finally there's good news for bees in the UK.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful to bees but for several years the Conservative government have gone along with the view that they are not harmful and has fully supported their use on UK farms.  The turnaround has occurred as Michael Gove, environment minister has said that there is now clear scientific evidence that these pesticides pose considerable harm to our pollinators.  The risk to the £100 billion food industry if the pollinators reduce in number is now seen to be a real threat.

Many environmentalists however see this decision as only the tip of the iceberg with many other harmful pesticides still being widely used and not only threatening pollinators but being found within our food and causing health concerns.  The Guardian reports on the matter...

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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