WAITROSE is banning its suppliers from using systemic neonicotinoids on produce destined for the supermarket.
Waitrose said the restriction on use is a ‘precautionary measure and will remain in place until scientists can demonstrate conclusively whether or not the formulations are adversely affecting populations of pollinator insects’.
The new approach will also be rolled out progressively to commodity crops such as oil seed rape on the Waitrose Farm at Leckford in Hampshire and ‘as soon as practicable’ to other areas of the arable sector which supply Waitrose.
In addition, the supermarket chain has announced it will fund a ‘significant’ research project with the University of Exeter into the effects on pollinators of multiple pesticide use.
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