Farmers ‘relieved’ as country joins 10 others in allowing emergency use of chemical banned in EU

A pesticide believed to kill bees has been authorised for use in England despite an European Union-wide ban two years ago, the government has announced.

Following lobbying from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and British Sugar, a product containing neonicotinoid thiamethoxam was sanctioned for emergency use on sugar beet seeds this year because of the threat posed by a virus.

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