Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has committed to protect bees in the UK, speaking out against proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides.
This comes as Government Ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides - known as neonicotinoids - back into UK soil this autumn, despite evidence of the damage they do to our bee population.
Recent figures show that bees contribute £651 million to the UK economy each year - up 51% since 2007. For instance 85% of the UK’s apple crops and 45% of our strawberry crop relies on bees to grow.
The ban was voted for by European governments in 2013 after numerous scientific studies found that certain pesticides were particularly harmful to bees. Since then more studies have supported the need for this ban.
Commenting Mark Williams said:
“I am committed to doing all I can to protect bees in the UK - and making sure the ban on bee harming pesticides is kept in place is critical. This is an issue that I know a lot of people in Ceredigion are passionate about, so I sincerely hope that the Government keeps the ban in place and does not choose to pursue emergency authorisation for the use of these pesticides this autumn.”
Friends of the Earth Bees Campaigner Dave Timms said:
“Bees are crucial for our food and farming. The scientific evidence is growing all the time about the need to protect our much loved bees from these dangerous pesticides. It’s vital the Government keeps them out of our fields and gardens for good.”