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Defra shows ‘disregard for sound science’

Conservationists have condemned the UK government's use of scientific evidence in forming policies on neonicotinoid insecticides and bovine TB.

The criticisms of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were published on 19 November in a report by a group of 41 nature and environmental organisations.

The UK’s decision to vote against European Commission proposals to restrict the use of neonicotinoids was based on “a study from the Food and Environment Research Agency that was later discredited”, the report said. “This apparent disregard for sound science, and a tendency to prioritise short-term economic considerations over the long-term sustainability of farming, is extremely worrying.”

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