Why are bees celebrating in Dorset and France?

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© friends of the earth

If you’re worried about bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides this could cheer you up (the bees are happy too).

Great news for French bees

We’ve just heard that the French Parliament  has passed a law which will ban neonicotinoids by 2020. 

And it’s the first time any country has introduced a complete ban.  Politicians were responding to overwhelming public concern, and the growing evidence of harm caused by neonics.

Dorset County Council bans neonicotinoids too

Its stopping the use of neonicotinoids on land owned by the council which is good news for bees much closer to home. 

This is a key part of the ‘pollinator strategy’ Dorset Council adopted in June.

Could Canada be next?

Across the Atlantic, campaigners - including Friends of the Earth Canada - are taking their government to court to protect bees.

They're challenging their government's decision to licence two bee-harming neonicotinoids.  

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Canada’s bees too!

Bees campaigner Nick Rau says:

There’s mounting global concern about bees and the threat posed by neonics. These key pollinators are vitally important to our environment, our food supply, and our economy. Thankfully we’re seeing signs that at least some politicians are listening to people, and not the powerful pesticide companies.