In their typical style, the government have U turned on their U turn!! After announcing that they would allow a banned pesticide to be used by British Sugar on their sugar beet, thousands of people signed petitions to stop their use…
Well, it worked! The banned pesticide will not be used, this year…but it’s worth keeping your eye on these politicians!!
Did you know that the UK government have recently reversed a ban on a bee killing pesticide?
“In the UK most sugar beet is grown from neonicotinoid treated seeds. The sugar beet sector is predominately situated in the East of England, and the market is highly concentrated with BRITISH SUGAR buying all UK sugar therefore having considerable influence over how it is grown.”
Who is British Sugar and how do they wield such power? Well, sugar, British politics and cannabis all form part of a rather interesting power struggle…
British Sugar Managing Director, Paul Kenward is married to Conservative MP Victoria Atkins. Not only do they grow sugar, but up until recently when it was sold for £7.3 billion, they also grew cannabis for GW Pharmaceutical, sorry, I digress…
So, British Sugar have been awarded a special grant to use a banned pesticide containing neonicotinoids due to beet yellow virus and yet ” There is no organic production in the UK. However in Germany, Denmark and Austria organic production of sugar beet is expanding to meet a growing consumer demand.” Friends of the Earth.
Neonicotinoids are bad news; they can stay in soil for over a year after there has been no crops, meaning anything planted in that soil after will absorb them, they can travel in soil and water affecting wildlife even indirectly in contact with the treated crop.
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