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UK enviros go to court over neonic approval

UK environmentalist group Friends of the Earth (FoE) is applying to the country’s High Court to seek judicial review of the emergency approval granted for the use of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments. The 120-day approval is for seed treatment on some 30,000 ha in the counties worst-affected by cabbage stem flea beetles (Psylliodes chrysocephala): Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. The approved products are Bayer CropScience’s Modesto (clothianidin + beta-cyfluthrin) and Syngenta’s Cruiser OSR (thiamethoxam). The authorisation came after the UK National Farmers’ Union submitted an emergency use application to UK authorities in May to allow farmers to use seed treatments in oilseed rape this autumn. FoE believes that allowing the use of the insecticides is "unnecessary, harmful and unlawful".

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