Millions of people have campaigned to protect British bees over the past few years. It’s a subject close to our hearts. One MP told me he got more letters from constituents about bees than on any other issue – including health and education combined. Yet it’s only recently that politicians have acted to protect them. Last year, following huge public pressure, the EU banned four insecticides – officially known as neonicotinoids – thought to be causing bee populations to plummet. But the future of these vital and much-loved insects is under fresh and imminent threat. Consumers are aware that post-Brexit trade deals with countries such as America, Australia and India risk abandoning the UK’s high agricultural standards as we import hormone-pumped beef and chicken washed in chlorine. But less well known is the fact that these countries still use the harmful pesticides that were banned by the EU because of their effect on insect populations. While spraying them on foreign soils here has less of an impact, the fact is that – in the resulting ‘race to the bottom’ in welfare and environmental practices – there is every likelihood that British farmers will begin using these chemicals, too. But at… Read full this story
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