Harmful impact of neonicotinoids on food supply chains


‘Farmers in the UK are given green light to use banned ‘bee killing’ pesticides on sugar beet crops. A single teaspoon of the neonicitinoid thiamethoxam can kill 1.25 billion #bees, according to one expert.’

bee🛑 The UK Government has outlined ambitions to restore nature, promising to protect 30 per cent of land by 2030 and reverse declines of precious wildlife but at the same time, it is giving a green light to use a highly toxic chemical that could harm pollinating insects and pollute soils and rivers.

🛑 The use of neonicotinoid pesticides was banned across the UK and Europe in 2018 after scientists confirmed they are toxic to pollinators, including bees.

🛑 In January the Government granted special approval in principle to farmers to use a neonicitinoid pesticide known as thiamethoxam on sugar beet crops, against the advice of its scientific advisors.

Meanwhile #biodiversity #risk management has become an investor area of focus thanks to collaborative engagement initiatives such as Finance for Biodiversity Initiative World Benchmarking Alliance.

And investors who aim to address #systemic #issues linked to farmland, food and supply chains, animal and human welfare should engage with and via the FAIRR Initiative

To read more about the harmful impact of neonicotinoids on food supply chains, animal and human welfare, please take a look at our book 📕 by leading #biodiversity #researchers and #practioners compiled in 2015-16:

‘The Business of Bees’ (Jill Atkins et al)

#biodiversity #speciesextinction



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