Everything in its place and a place for everything. Neonicotinoids, To Use or Not?
Updated: Feb 13
We all need medicines, even plants!
Plants suffer from all sorts of things including diseases, parasites and viruses.
A low yielding crop is not good for the wider environment.
We need to reduce the area we farm and allow ‘nature’ to occupy the rest!
The vast majority of our crops are not pollinated by bees. Bees do not visit these crops. Examples are:
Wheat, Barley, Oats, Grassland, Rye, Swedes, Turnips, Sugar and Fodder Beet.
Bees are important pollinators, and we need to protect them.
Many European countries approve of the limited and targeted use of neonicotinoids in sugar beet crops where bees are not present.
Aphids can transmit viruses in Sugar Beet that seriously damage the yield and make the crop uneconomic to grow. Targeted use of neonicotinoids can help control the virus vectors.
Use of all pesticides, including neonicotinoids, should always be monitored carefully for wider environmental effects.