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Ban Agricultural Pesticides

Comment 16th July 2010

 

I propose a ban on all agricultural pesticides in the United Kingdom which has been linked to cancer and the death of honey bees which are vital in the pollination of our food supply.
Farmers will argue that food prices will increase and food shortages will follow, but if we wipe our our bee population, it's only a matter of time before our whole food chain is disrupted.
For thousands of years, man has been farming successfully without the use of cancer causing agents that kill not only humans but other wildlife, fish from farm run-off and also pollute groundwater for humans to consume later.

Why does this matter?

 

SCIENTISTS have called for a government crackdown on pesticides that they warn are putting pregnant women at greater risk of having children with cancer.
The researchers say studies have shown that pesticide exposure either before conception or during pregnancy increases the risk of childhood cancer.

Writing in a report for the Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring (Chem) Trust, they have called on the government to step up action to ban the most harmful pesticides and to bring in a duty for the public to be informed before spraying takes place.

Professor Andrew Watterson of Stirling University, one of the authors, warned that as well as putting children at risk, the pesticides posed a threat to farmers

 
The Soil Association has urged the government to ban pesticides linked to honeybee deaths around the world.
 
Beekeepers worldwide have reported catastrophic losses of from 30% to 90% of their honeybee colonies during the last two years. Two-thirds of all major crops rely on pollination, mainly by honeybees.
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