Neonicotinoids: Friend or Foe

All Party Parliamentary Group for Bees

The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group for Bees is holding a debate in Westminster between the National Farmers Union and Friends of the Earth to launch its 2016 programme. The debate, entitled, ‘Neonicotinoids: Friend or Foe’ will be held on Wednesday 27th April and will pitch the two organisations against each other before MPs and other interested bodies.

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Huw Merriman, Chairman of the APPG for Bees, said ‘Many MPs have remarked that they have received more constituency campaign correspondence urging a ban on Neonicotinoids than on any other issue since the 2015 election (including on military action in Syria). MPs have not had a chance to hear the opposing case so I hope that this debate will be a chance for both organisations to make their case’.

The APPG for Bees was formed at the start of this year and all 650 MPs have been sent a calendar of events which will include visits to honey farm producers, Kew Gardens and a viewing of the hives at Defra as well as talks from experts and commentators. The cross-Parliamentary group works in conjunction with the British Beekeeping Association and other groups and contains MPs from all of the major political parties in Westminster. Explaining the aims of the group, Mr Merriman said ‘the group seeks to explain to Parliamentarians the challenges which our bees and other native pollinators are facing and what steps we can take through Parliament to help our species survive and thrive. Our ultimate aim is to have MPs manage a beehive in Parliament. We will launch this initiative at our Bee and Honey Fair this September.’

Mr Merriman is extending a welcome to members of the public and organisations who wish to get involved and participate in this vital debate.

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