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Neo-nicotinoids, rapeseed oil and bees

For some years I used only UK-grown and processed rapeseed oil in those of my breads that contain oil because I think it’s important to support support UK farming. However, I’ve recently changed to certified organic rapeseed oil from the Republic of Ireland because I’ve been unable to find any UK oil producer at all who will guarantee that neo-nicotinoids (‘neo-nics’) have not been used in the production of UK-grown crop.

Neo-nics are substances that are commonly contained in pesticides. The evidence that neo-nics are harmful to bees is so compelling that the EU has suspended the use of three types of neo-nics in crop production. The UK government, however, refuses to accept the evidence so UK farmers are still using neo-nics. (Who can blame them, while pesticides containing neo-nics remain the most cost-effective form of pest control?)

If you would like to read more on this subject, here are some links:

House of Commons Environmental Audit Report (government has not acted on its own advisers’ recommendations)

Guardian article by Damian Carrington ‘Why the UK will fail to block an EU-ban on bee-harming pesticides’

Observer article by Damian Carrington ‘Insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees’

George Monbiot article – The Counter-Enlightenment (how government science advisers mis-represent science)

B&Q and Wickes pledge to remove products from shelves – Guardian article by Fiona Harvey

As yet I haven’t updated other pages of my web-site to reflect this change but I will do so shortly. In the meantime, if you have questions about ingredients or suppliers, please contact me.