A new report called on the government to set a target for reducing pesticides
Environmentalists are calling on the UK government to cut pesticide use by 50 percent by 2030 with the European Union.
The goal was called for in a new Wildlife Trusts report calling on the government to take more measures to promote insect populations.
The report, titled "Reversing Insect Decline", stated that reducing "insect-damaging" pesticides would help make them "abundant" again.
The report gives examples of farmers and landowners taking action to increase insects.
This is followed by the report "Insect declines and why they are important" published last year, which found that insects are "on the verge of collapse".
The report concluded: “The consequences are clear; If insect decline does not stop, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems will collapse, with profound consequences for human well-being. "
In their new report, the Wildlife Trusts urged the government not to weaken UK pesticide standards through post-Brexit trade agreements and to help farmers adopt “insect-friendly farming practices”.
The Wildlife Trusts believe that a reversal of insect decline would be possible if a network of natural areas were created that "covers at least 30% of the UK".
The charity has also called for legally binding targets for the recovery of insects that have been "monitored and enforced".
Craig Bennett, managing director of Wildlife Trusts, said insects "suffered the most" among all wildlife, adding that current trade agreements could "worsen a bad situation."
"It is up to the government to ensure that we comply with our current environmental standards, do not let them slip, and endanger the wildlife we have left behind.
"The Agriculture Act is a unique opportunity to set high legal standards and ensure that insect-friendly farming practices are rewarded," said Bennett.