The natural world is in serious trouble. Bees, birds, butterflies and other wildlife are in decline. One of the main reasons? Pesticides.
Too much of our countryside is being routinely doused with a cocktail of chemicals. This needs to change – and farmers need help to get off the chemical treadmill.
Three bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides are now banned on all outdoor crops. But a neonicotinoid seed dressing has just been temporarily allowed on sugar beet.
More must be done to stop pesticides contaminating our countryside and our food, and harming our wildlife.
The government is drawing up a new national plan for pesticide use. We need to make sure pesticide reduction is at the heart of farming in the UK.
Sign the petition to make sure there's a clear plan to reduce pesticides and make the countryside a safer place for wildlife.