Campaigners take government to High Court over decision to allow use of ‘bee-killing’ pesticides
Environmental campaigners are taking the government to the High Court to challenge the temporary lifting of a ban outlawing pesticides which are harmful to #bees.
Members of the Friends of the Earth (FoE) group want judges to block farmers in England from using neonicotinoid pesticides, after the government granted a 120-day easing of the EU-wide ban.
#Wildlife groups called the decision “scandalous”, and said the use of neonicotinoids was “unnecessary, harmful and unlawful”.
He said says this year’s harvest had seen a good crop of oilseed rape despite the restrictions on neonicotinoids, with yields between three and nine per cent higher than the 10-year national average.
A Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) spokeswoman said: