Luke Pollard, in his role as Shadow Environment Secretary, has joined with the Co-Op Party to help save Britain’s bees.

Sadly, since 1900, the UK has lost 13 out of its 35 native bee species. The population is again being threatened by the Government’s use of neonicotinoids, a bee-killing pesticide. Bees are essential to sustaining pollination, maintaining biodiversity, and the general wellbeing of the environment.

Neonicotinoids are active substances used to protect plants from harmful insects. The insecticide is absorbed by the plant and transported throughout the leaves, roots, and flowers, making them incredibly toxic for bees. This substance affects the central nervous system of bees, which leads to their paralysis and death. That is why Luke and the Co-Operative Party have teamed up to write a letter to the Prime Minister, calling on him to reverse the Government’s plan to lift the ban on bee-killing pesticides.

Neonicotinoids are banned in the EU. Bees and pollinators are vital to the country’s environment and food chains and allowing the use of pesticides that kills them puts our nation’s countryside at risk. There are much better ways to ensure that farmers yield good crops which don’t involve unnecessarily killing bees. The Co-Operative Party are pretty fond of bees. They know that bees aren’t just a symbol of co-operation but are also essential to our ecosystem and food chains.

Bee health is non-negotiable. But the government has lifted the ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. Luke spoke in the House of Commons to try and get the government to keep this ban, but the Tories voted against it.

Speaking on this issue, Luke said:

“Labour MPs voted to protect bees but Tory MPs outvoted us to allow bee-killing pesticides to be used again. Bees are essential to our future on the planet, to pollinating our crops and to our rich tapestry of biodiversity. Bee health is non-negotiable”

If you care about bee health too, join Luke in signing this letter to Boris Johnson: It only takes two minutes, but it might help the mission to save the bees.

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