Campaign to control pesticides needs our help!

Did you know that the area of land treated with pesticides in the UK each year is almost 3 times the size of the UK itself?

How can this staggering fact reported by the Pesticide Action Network be accurate - in fact it's because agricultural land may be dosed repeatedly through the year with the same chemical - or treated with a variety of chemicals .  And this figure doesn't even include the pesticides used in parks, gardens and in our own homes (see Guardian report on flea treatments for domestic pets harming rivers).

We applaud the UK and devolved Governments' new draft National Action Plan for pesticides (NAP), which is designed to deliver on their commitments to reduce pesticide use, and identify areas where they can be more ambitious in the future.  Consultations are now being held on the NAP, with a closing date of this Friday, 26th Feb.

If nature is to have any hope of a safe and healthy recovery, the NAP needs a few changes - including adding a target around reducing the overall use of pesticides. We want to see this important plan reconfirm the Government's commitments to phasing out pesticides, and halt the unnecessary use of pesticides in public places; parks; verges; homes and gardens.

What can I do about pesticides?

The Wildlife Trusts have set up a link to the consultation and are calling on the Government and industry to phase out pesticide use for the long term - as they say:

"If nature is to have any hope of a safe and healthy recovery, the NAP needs a few changes - including adding a target around reducing the overall use of pesticides. We want to see this important plan reconfirm the Government's commitments to phasing out pesticides, and halt the unnecessary use of pesticides in public places; parks; verges; homes and gardens."

If you too are concerned and want to do something to help our insect life - don't delay, tell them today!

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