Ban Nerve-Agent Pesticides That Threaten British Bee Population

Target: Sir Robert Watson, Chief Scientist of the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Goal: End Britain’s use of pesticides which have been linked to extreme decline in bee populations

Neonicotinoids, which attack the central nervous system of insects, are shown to cause a wide variety of problems for bees around the world. While some countries, like France, have begun banning their use, others like Britain see no issue gleaned from these studies and will continue to use them.

Among the dangers posed by neonicotinoids are the severe loss of bumblebee queen production. One study showed an 85% decrease after being exposed to levels which would naturally be used in fields, which leads to an inevitable inability for colonies to function. Similar studies showed that even nearly untraceable amounts of the pesticide can lead to greater risk of disease, such as colony collapse disorder in which bees inexplicably abandon their hives.

On another level, which should be of more concern to the human population, is the trouble bees have finding their way back to their nests, and especially the resulting inability to properly pollinate crops. Such scenarios raise issues in terms of human agriculture which would suffer great consequences in production and revenue.

Despite all studies being reviewed by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate and the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, organizational heads have nonetheless decided that the studies did not affect their decision to continue use, and that no action is necessary. It should be quite clear how damaging to both humans and bees the irresponsible use of the pesticides can be. Demand that Britain ban the future use of neonicotinoids before the damage becomes irreparable.


Dear Sir Robert Watson,

Recently, the Chemicals Regulation Directorate and the Advisory Committee on Pesticides reviewed several studies which illustrated the extremely harmful effects of continued use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Not only do these pesticides have a variety of abnormal effects on bee populations, but the toll exacted on said populations likewise has severe consequences for human agriculture.

Despite your knowledge of this, you have sided with the Advisory Committee on Pesticides which claims that it has yet to clarify the research’s “relevance… to the UK field situation.” The relevance has been made quite clear, as even nearly untraceable amounts of the pesticide have an adverse effect on bee behavior.

As a responsible scientist, it is necessary that you take adequate steps and follow the example of other countries who have begun banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. To ignore such action will only lead to an extremely problematic situation in the state of your country’s agriculture and wildlife. Take the appropriate action in order to save your environment as well as set a precedent for the globe.


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