Below is an excellent short video by Friends Of The Earth, in which they interview 2 conventional (not organic) English farmers about their views of neonicotinoids, why they no longer use them and effect of crop yield. The farmers were John Cherry, conventional farmer from Hertfordshire; and Peter Lundgren, a conventional farmer, Lincolnshire.
It is interesting how some of their observations confirm arguments and evidence previously featured on this website. here are some of my favourite comments from the two farmers:
Completely agree! I wrote about this several years ago - we need to get 'pest' numbers in perspective - most are beneficial or benign.
Has been growing barley wheat and oil seed rape for 8 years without neonicotinoids and says he now can't see a financial reason for using them.
He says he has not seen a loss in yields, and says it's actually saved money (on pesticides).
Indeed, various sources of evidence suggest there is no benefit, such as this US government EPA study.
He also says he is worried about the impact on soil.
I do hope and believe that more and more farmers are realising that there is a need to get back to better ways of farming, and move away from intensive, high chemical based systems. Let's be pleased and hope to see more of this positive development. More evidence here.
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