East of England MEP Alex Mayer today voted for new legislation to ban the production, sale and use of all neonicotinoid-based pesticides that harm bees.
The vote came as the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) published a report confirming that certain substances used in pesticides - neonicotinoids clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam - are killing bees and other pollinators.
The number of bees in England has halved over the last twenty years due to loss of habitat, climate change, invasive species and harmful pesticides. Yet bees — wild and domestic — are vital. They perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.
Ms Mayer said: “We would we in a sticky mess without bees. If we want our crops pollinated and to continue to eating honey for breakfast then these precious pollinators need our help."