U.K. adviser seeks updates on pesticide impacts on non-target insects
Farmers Weekly reports that Robert Watson, chief scientific adviser at the United Kingdom's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has asked for regular updates on new research into the possible effects of pesticides on non-target insects, not a full-scale review of neonicotinoids based on concerns regarding their impacts on bees, as previously reported by The Independent and others. DEFRA has considered all recent studies on neonicotinoids, including those suggesting imidacloprid makes honeybees more susceptible to a parasitic disease, and found they provide no new evidence. "The U.K. has a robust system for assessing risks from pesticides, and all the evidence shows neonicotinoids do not pose an unacceptable risk when products are used correctly," a DEFRA spokesman is quoted as saying by Farmers Weekly. "We will not hesitate to act if presented with any new evidence."