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|I'm Melissa Wiley.
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Q. Given the problem with pesticide residues, can we expect the ban to have any effect?
A. Given enough time, the chemicals would disappear, but of course there’s not a total ban, and it’s only set to last two years. Farmers are banned from using neonicotinoids on crops bees feed upon after December 2013, but they’ll sow treated crops in October 2013, which means the chemicals will persist in growing plants until the summer of 2014, and then the ban will expire in 2015. It will hardly have been in place in real terms. People will surely campaign for an extension, but they won’t have any more evidence than we do now, since it’s unlikely there will be a dramatic change in bee population when the chemicals remain in the soil. They’re still being used quite extensively on winter wheat [not pollinated by bees], which is the most common agricultural crop in the U.K. and perhaps Europe. So in two years, we might be exactly where we are now."
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