Link resigns from the Pesticides Forum
In an open letter to Michael Gove, Link, alongside RSPB and Pesticide Action Network UK, has resigned from the Pesticides Forum and the Voluntary Initiative (VI), due to deep concern about the environmental impacts of pesticides. We have participated in these industry and government led groups for two decades to encourage them to take meaningful action to reduce the impacts of pesticides. However, they have consistently demonstrated a lack of balance and, importantly, have failed to support those farmers who are leading the way by reducing their reliance on pesticides. Meanwhile, the area of UK land being treated with pesticides has risen by more than half since 1990, the average number of times key crops are treated has increased, as has the toxicity of the chemicals being used.
We are therefore calling for the VI and the Pesticides Forum to be replaced with mandatory measures designed to support farmers to adopt non-chemical alternatives in order to reduce pesticide use, including increased funding and research into genuine Integrated Pest Management.
Link reaches 52 members
April blogs and publications
This month, Link’s Plastics Group continue their work, responding to many consultations surrounding plastic use. On this theme, British Canoeing, along with other organisations, have partnered with Surfers Against Sewage, to connect people with nature and clean up pollution along the way. Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager for British Canoeing gives details of the new campaign along with some stories of adventure along the coast within his blog.
National Parks Fortnight fell within April, serving as an opportunity to get out, explore and celebrate our National Parks. Andy Hall, Campaigns and Communications Officer for Campaigns for National Parks, penned a blog to discuss the importance of not only enjoying these beautiful places but fighting for their protection.
We welcome blogs from Link members and others. To contribute a blog for the Link website, please contact Emma Adler, Link’s Communications Manager.
In April, Link published the following press releases, reports and consultation responses:
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