Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 1:29 pm on 25th January 2011.

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Photo of Martin Caton Martin Caton Labour, Gower 1:29 pm, 25th January 2011

I do agree. The evidence of increases is largely anecdotal, but I shall quote the president of the Italian Association of Beekeepers, because in the Po valley a ban was introduced. He said:

"On behalf of bee-farmers working in a countryside dominated by maize crops, I wrote to the Minister of Agriculture to confirm the great news, for once: thanks to the suspension of the bee-killing seed coating, the hives in the Po Valley are flourishing again."