Precious pollinators

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The Government is considering, yet again, yielding to pressure from farmers’ unions to allow them to use bee-killing pesticides.

Some of your readers might be astonished to learn that this destructive pesticide is not even used for producing essential food for humans.

Most already know about the threat to bee and other pollinator health, but are they aware the pesticide is mostly wanted to stop rapeseed monocultures becoming infested? Rapeseed originally only became popular as a fallow crop to attract subsidies. If harvested at all, it’s used to manufacture a tasteless oil or for adding seed to make cattle fodder.

The economics and the environmental impact are disastrous.

Along with every other gardener concerned about the loss of biodiversity in this country over recent decades, we’re planting as many bee-friendly species as possible, and protecting or restoring or setting up new, safe habitat everywhere opportunity allows.

To support the recovery of precious pollinators, we trust all decent MPs will vote now, and keep voting, against letting farmers use neonicotinoid pesticide.

Jane Eades

Bakers Yard, S3