Forty-two MPs spoke at a Parliamentary debate – confirming the huge public concern about neonicotinoid pesticides and bees. Some MPs stated that the have received as much, or more, correspondence on this issue than on the question of bombing Syria. The debate was secured via a Parliamentary petition with 90,000 signatures asking the Government to “Please ban the use of neonics on crops”. Many MPs highlighted new evidence showing that neonics kill bees, suppress populations of solitary and bumblebees, are linked to butterfly declines and are turning up in highly toxic levels in wild flowers, streams, ditches and ponds.
Overall the debate reflected the deep public concern about this issue, the mood was clear – bees should be safe from pesticide harm, and it was another reminder that serious action is needed to reverse pollinator declines.