Dear Don

Today is a momentous day for our bees.

In the last few minutes the European Union has voted to ban bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) on all crops grown outdoors. And Friends of the Earth supporters like you – and across Europe – played a massive part in making it happen.

In the past neonics were banned on a handful of crops. Now, if a crop is grown outdoors, neonics are totally off-limits. Our bees will be able to fly more freely through our countryside without the risk of these harmful chemicals.

Following huge pressure from thousands of you, UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove played his part and voted for the ban. So an extra well done if you signed our petition. Let’s celebrate and share this huge success for our bees.
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Today the UK and other EU countries listened to the science, our farmers and overwhelming public support for a ban on these dangerous pesticides.

Friends of the Earth supporters played a vital part by signing petitions, sharing actions, and speaking to their MPs. Now all this hard work has paid off with this crucial decision. With the neonic ban applied to all outdoor crops, the countryside will be a safer place for bees.
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Each and every one of you has stepped up for our bees. You’ve got us to where we are now. Of course, we can still do more to protect our precious pollinators: creating our own bee-friendly havens; helping farmers deliver bee-friendly farming like reducing pesticide use; getting councils to protect and restore wildlife habitat. But today we’re so much closer to giving our bees the brighter future they deserve.

Thanks for all your hard work,

Emi & the bees team
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