Ban the use of pesticides in gardens, says the author of a book on insects

Author of Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse, Dave Goulson called for a ban on the use of pesticides in gardens. A petition started by the insect expert, who is a professor of biology at the University of Sussex, recently closed with 53,000 signatures supporting his call to “ban the use of pesticides in urban areas and end their sale for use in gardens”.

The petition noted: “Wild bees and other wild animals are in decline, a potential disaster for us all. Pesticides also threaten human health, many of them being carcinogenic and/or neurotoxic. areas.”

“We just don’t need pesticides in our gardens,” Goulson said. “Why would we spray poison where our children and pets play? There is plenty of evidence that these chemicals harm wildlife and many are toxic to us as well.

The UK would follow in the footsteps of France, which has already created such a ban. Goulson said: “France banned urban pesticides in 2018. Paris hasn’t been invaded by dandelions and green flies. If France can do it, so can we.”

Goulson also recently published research that shows the difference even a small patch of wildflower meadow can make. Even a 4m2 mini meadow sown with commercially available wildflower seeds can be enough to provide a rich habitat for pollinators.

The researchers found that “in the year after the seeds were sown, the mini-meadows had an average of 111% more bumblebees than the control plots where no wildflowers were sown. These resource-rich habitats also attracted 87% more solitary bees and 85% more. lone wasps.”

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Grover Z. Barnes