In 2013, the European Union banned the use of neonicotinoids on flowering crops. What does this mean? To put it simply, neonicotinoids are insect-harming pesticides that scientific research has proven to be harmful to bee colonies, which are experiencing devastation around the industrialized world.
The EU would now like a total ban in greenhouses as well, and it look like that might pass. Until now, the United Kingdom's position on the use of neonicotinoids has been less stringent, their environment secretary, Michael Gove, has come completely around on the issue.