Fantastic news for bee keepers and honey lovers everywhere that HM government has abandoned its previous support of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides by the farming community. The UK’s U-turn may now open the door for a total ban on neonics across the whole of the EU. This will not only benefit the whole British Isles but every other European member state. In Germany alone it is estimated that over 75% of flying insects have been exterminated by these chemical sprays.
Farming everywhere has taken to the widespread use of neonics. In the UK these highly poisonous chemicals are regularly used for spraying oil seed rape, a crop that has grown massively over the past 10 years.
This is a huge and highly profitable business for companies like Monsanto and Bayer, who have all vigorously denied any adverse ecological impact. Evidence of the harm they cause is now overwhelming, and the ban will remove one serious threat to honey bees and potential contamination of honey foods. Shades of the tobacco industry!
Many retired people have taken to bee keeping as a retirement hobby. It’s good to see that the government has at long last stood up to the concerted efforts of powerful commercial organisations. This will also help bee keepers who look to sell surplus honey to boost their income. British honey, free of any chemical traces, will command premium prices!