Farming wheat without neonicotinoids

In 2013, following a thorough scientific review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and a vote by Member States, the European Commission restricted the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides which posed a “high acute risk” to honey bees. Honey bees are one of over 260 bee species in the UK and since 2013 evidence has mounted that neonicotinoids also harm bumblebees and solitary bees. There is now evidence that these wild bees, which are responsible for most crop pollination, are even more sensitive to neonicotinoids than honey bees.