by Steffan Browning
Protection for bees is one step closer after a proposal was brought to the European Commission to suspend the use of bee-harming chemicals on certain crops.
Beekeepers in New Zealand are really concerned about the loss of bees here, as are the big food growers including Federated Farmers because of the impact that the loss of bees (and therefore pollination of crops) will have on the production of food.
Earlier this month the European Food Safety Authority released their conclusions on the effect of three neonicotinoids on bee health.
As they say, “given the importance of bees in the ecosystem and the food chain and given the multiple services they provide to humans, their protection is essential”.
We wholeheartedly agree, which is why the Green Party have been advocating for restrictions on the use of these chemicals for years. Time for us to do something about it.
Now we have to wait for the European Commission to prepare the technical regulations on this proposal and for the European Union member states to agree to them.