LETTER: Nicotinoids pose threat to environment

I am asking you please to run accounts in your newspapers to notify people of the danger if the government, as feared, lifts the ban on nicontinoids, thus encouraging a reckless return to using them on our fields.

Part of the damage they do is to kill insects, infamously bees, which are an essential element of, and contributors to, our habitat.

To lift the ban would be to prefer quantity of agricultural output, and the profits they make, to the health of the environment.

Whatever your views on poisoning the land, nicotinoids in particular are understood to cause such serious damage that it’s not worth the risk.

I would like to see you side against nicotinoids, but at least please inform people and give prominence to the risk that the government will allow the use of these poisons.

STEVE CLARK

Elm