Bee-harming pesticides should be banned, MPs urge

Parliamentary Committee criticises Environment Department for relying on 'flawed' studies and failing to uphold Precautionary Principle

A series of high-profile scientific studies in the last year has increasingly linked neonicotinoids to harmful effects in bees.
The UK environment secretary, Owen Paterson, must end his department's "extraordinary complacency" and suspend the use of pesticides linked to serious harm in bees, according to a damning report from an influential cross-party committee of MPs.
The UK is blocking attempts to introduce a Europe-wide ban on the world's most widely used insecticides, neonicotinoids. But MPs on parliament's green watchdog, the environmental audit committee (EAC), said the government was relying on "fundamentally flawed" studies and failing to uphold its own precautionary principle.