We’ve just learned that regulators in France have authorised the use of a new bee-killing pesticide called Sulfoxaflor. It’s a neonicotinoid -- the class of pesticides that is known to pose a deadly risk for bees and other pollinators.
We still can’t believe it!
France has been at the forefront of the battle to protect the bees: it is the first country to ever decide on an outright ban of all neonics starting in 2018.
This decision to allow a new kind of neonicotinoid threatens to undermine all that we’ve fought for!
We need to act and act quickly. The regulators’ decision can still be undone by the French minister for the environment, Nicolas Hulot. We need to show him that the decision taken in France matters to all of us around the world.
PAN Europe. 1 September 2016.
The Telegraph. 20 October 2017.
Greenpeace France. 28 February 2017.
Le Monde. 18 October 2017.
Le Monde. 20 October 2017.