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Forestry debate: Gazelle alternatives

sneil@obantimes.co.uk

THIS week we look at the other side of a debate gripping forestry on Mull: the use of a pesticide called Gazelle to kill the most harmful pest to Britain’s young re-planted forests – the pine weevil.

Gazelle, or acetamiprid, belongs to a group of five controversial insecticides called neonicotinoids, and three are banned by the EU after the European Food Safety Authority linked them to bee decline. Gazelle is still approved across the bloc and in the UK, but many are calling for it to be banned too.

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