Last week another report was published linking neonicotinoids to a decline in farmland birds. Many other reports have some chemicals in this group with the decline of bees and pollinators. The reasons for this decline are hotly disputed with land use being cited as a key reason. However with the EU three neonicotinoids ( clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam ) have been banned on crops attractive to bees from 2014. At Waitrose we have gone a bit further with a worldwide ban of Neonicotinoids from all our growers.
We will publish form time to time links to articles that develop the debate and urge you the grower to read them. The protection of pollinators and other species is of key importance to mankind and there we need more science to ensure growers have the means to remove and not replace with broad spectrum pesticides.
To read the full report please click on the link here
The Guardian have also published a summary to this report paper here