Today Waitrose announce that they will be asking their suppliers of fruit, vegetables and flowers to avoid the use of neonicotinoid pesticides because of the harmful effects on bees and other pollinating insects.
Friday 12 April 2013
Vanessa Amaral-Rogers, Buglife Pesticides Officer said "This is a huge step in the right direction, leading the way for other retailers to follow. By voicing their concern for pollinators they are adding pressure and weight to the campaign for a ban on the use of neonicotinoids".
Waitrose will also be avoiding neonicotinoid use on oil seed rape crops on their farm at Leckford in Hampshire.
Vanessa said "By taking these precautionary measures Waitrose have shown an admirable commitment to the long term security of our wild insect pollinator health and populations."