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Post Election Thoughts and Predictions

As I write the final results are just in and the Conservative Party have a clear, but small, 5 seat majority, which is however 99 more seats than the next biggest party, Labour.

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The Drugs (Neonicotinoids) Don’t Work 5

New scientific evidence from the US Government further emphasises that Neonicotinoids simply do not improve crop yields.  While in the UK the NFU and friends continue to try, using anecdotes and propaganda, to prove that the partial ban is affecting crop yields.

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Dark days for the Environment across Europe

The new EC President’s Jean-Claude Juncker has got the public worried. An apparent shift in EC priorities, from protecting human health and the environment, to protecting big business and growth puts the raison d'être of the Union in doubt.  Public spirited MEPs who understand the importance of the environment to health and well-being have a few weeks to influence the structure and achieve a more reassuring environmental remit for the new team.

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Bee a Bee Guardian

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On Thursday 7th August, Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and the RSPB are holding a workshop to recruit volunteer Bee Guardians to help survey the special bees found at Canvey Wick nature reserve.

Canvey Wick is Buglife’s first nature reserve owned by the Land Trust and jointly managed by the RSPB and Buglife.

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The Drugs (Neonicotinoids) Don’t Work 3

The controversy over the cost effectiveness of neonicotinoid pesticides continues to grow.  In response to a request from Members of Parliament to provide peer reviewed evidence that neonicotinoids are cost effective Bayer is only able to provide one paper.  Their flimsy and selective evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee raises more questions than it provides answers and further underlines how broken the pesticides approval process has become.

 

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Buglife Exposes Misleading Claims of Swedish Oil Seed Rape Yield Loss

NFU vice-president Guy Smith has publically claimed that farmers in Sweden have reported a 70 per cent loss in spring oil seed rape yields.  Similar claims appear on the NFU website and twitter and are central to the NFU’s position that the ban on Cruiser (clothianidin) treated seeds must be lifted to prevent crop loss from flea beetles.  A request from Syngenta for a derogation to use the bee-killing insecticide on 186,000 Ha of Autumn sown oil seed rape is currently being considered by the Government.

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