Building on the positive developments to date that we outline here, we are in a good place to start campaigning for better regulation of non-agricultural pesticides in Cambridge. This is particularly so given the recent Amendment 78 to the UK Agriculture Bill which extends current agricultural spraying regulations that hitherto afforded protection to wildlife but not to human health, to the limitation of crop spraying in close proximity to private and public buildings, including schools. The continued use of the very same pesticides within the grounds and buildings that such an Amendment seeks to protect, is therefore increasingly illogical.
We are in regular discussions with partner groups and both City and County Councillors about how to get rid of pesticides in Cambridge. See our blog for details of how such discussions have unfolded over the duration of our initiative. You can read about our individual petitions and focused campaigns on the following links.
Who has decided who has the right to decide for the countless legions of people who were not consulted that the supreme value is a world without insects, even though it be also a sterile world ungraced by the curving wing of a bird in flight? The decision is that of the authoritarian temporarily entrusted with power; he has made it during a moment of inattention by millions to whom beauty and the ordered world of nature still have a meaning that is deep and imperative".