MP calls for research into causes of poor bee health

Conservative MP George Freeman has called for more research into the causes or poor bee health.

Freeman, who is also chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture, made this plea following the group’s meeting on ‘Bee Health and Pesticides’.

Speakers at the meeting included US Department of Agriculture entomologist Dr Jeff Pettis, Tim Lovett from the British Beekeepers Association, NFU entomologist Dr Chris Hartfield, and Crop Protection Association chief executive Dominic Dyer.

Freeman said:  "The issue of bee health goes to the heart of the challenge of the ‘sustainable intensification’ of food production highlighted in the recent Foresight Report.

"Bee health is a vital part of the food chain, and today’s meeting has highlighted the important contribution played by industry trying to supply farmers with tools to sustainably increase food production."

He added:  "I call on all parties involved to make strives to promote good bee health, whether to improve the provision of diverse habitats for bee forage, improving the control of the pernicious pests and diseases that are blighting beehives, or understanding how bees interact with their environment, including insecticides."

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