Motion S4M-01879: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 31/01/2012
Vital Role of Wild Pollinators and Managed Bees
That the Parliament recognises the vital role that bees and other insects play in providing food for people and maintaining the agricultural economy through the pollination of crops; notes that the majority of pollination is by wild pollinators, such as bumblebees; is concerned that the long-term effect of many pesticides on insect pollinators might not be well understood; notes that Italy and France have imposed neonicotinoid pesticide bans as a precautionary measure and that Cooperative Food has banned six neonicotinoid pesticides from its own-brand produce; commends the ongoing research partnership between the Scottish Beekeepers Association and four universities, including the University of Dundee, which is conducting a three-year survey of the impact of industrial disease-control chemicals and pesticides on foraging, navigation and communication in bees; recommends that chemical manufacturers must fund more rigorous tests before being granted licence to sell plant protection products in the European Union, and, in light of new research and in order to better protect pollinating insect populations, calls on the Scottish Government to review the Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products in Scotland and the list of active substances authorised by The Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Regulations 2005.
Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Drew Smith, Jean Urquhart, Dennis Robertson, Patrick Harvie, Mary Scanlon, Graeme Pearson, Annabel Goldie, Rhoda Grant, Gil Paterson
Current Status: Fallen on 18/05/2012