Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
It is an outrage that this Government has once again authorised the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, risking a further decline in the number of pollinators in the UK.
A third of British bees and hoverflies are already in decline, and recent studies have found that the global loss of pollinators is causing 500,000 early deaths a year by reducing the supply of healthy foods. It is vital that we do everything we can to stop this trend.
In a debate this morning I called for action to reduce pesticide use and introduce more pollinator corridors in cities, so bees and other pollinators can move around freely. Bristol is leading the way on both pesticide reduction and pollinator corridors – but it is time for the same level of ambition at the national level.
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