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Will Liz Truss help lifting bees out of the toxic mire?

The harm to bees, birds and aquatic life from neonicotinoids has still not been resolved, and despite the mounting evidence the industry maintains these agrotoxins are both innocent and effective.  However, it often takes a crisis of this magnitude to highlight broken systems to politicians.  It is clear that the way the pesticide market currently functions puts wildlife at risk.  There are solutions to this but will the UK Government be part of the solution or part of the problem?

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Pesticide report was Defra’s dodgy dossier

A reappraisal of a Government scientific study has raised serious concerns about the scientific integrity of the pro-neonicotinoid UK Government – were civil servants distorting science so that it supported the policy position of Owen Paterson, the then Secretary of State for the Environment?

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Buglife Exposes 2nd Misleading NFU Oil Seed Rape Pesticide Claim

In response to Buglife investigations the NFU has retracted a number of misleading claims it has made about the impacts of the neonicotinoid ban on Oilseed rape yields, but continues to promulgate information that gives a misleading impression.  This is not in the best interest of farmers who need impartial advice and healthy pollinator populations.

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The Plants that Cry Wolf

Wheatfield (c) Paul HetheringtonPolitical developments in the last week make it more likely that the UK will start growing GM crops within a few years.  UK researchers are currently trialling a GM wheat that ‘cries wolf’, sending out a constant chemical help signal to ladybirds, parasitic wasps and other predators, a signal that is normally only produced when a plant is under attack from aphids or other herbivores.  Growing concerns that this will create a chemical smog over

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