Will the British Bee Keepers Association call for a ban?
The French Minister of Agriculture has announced his intention to ban Syngenta’s pesticide ‘Cruiser’ from the French market in a few weeks time; ‘Cruiser’ is largely used on oilseed rape and contains the neonicotinoid ‘Thiamethoxam’, which recent studies in ‘Science’ have revealed to be harmful to bees ability to forage and navigate.
Other studies have revealed that this pesticide affects bumblebees and other pollinators in a similar harmful manner.
Thiamethoxam was used on over 736,000 acres of crops in the UK in 2010.
Here are the most recent figures for Thiamethoxam in the UK (2010) – as you will see, the usage increased TENFOLD from 2009 to 2010.
It stood at 298,000 hectares – or 736,000 acres in 2010.
We do not know what the usage was for 2011 but presumably if the rate of increase is sustained it could well be over a million hectares now?
THIAMETHOXAM USAGE IN THE UK
Year Region Crop Group Active Substance Total Area Treated (ha)1 Total Weight Applied (kg)
2010 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 298,007 9,105
2009 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 22,567 938
2008 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 21,909 940
2007 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 1,333 5.6
2006 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 1,213 5.4
2005 Great Britain All Crops Thiamethoxam 1,213 5.4
Given that the French are about to ban this dangerous neonicotinoid, how long before DEFRA and the other regulators here in the UK follow suit?
How long before the British Bee Keepers Association calls for a ban?
Or will they do their usual trick of leaping to the defense of the pesticide industry?