Bees and other pollinators

A third of Britain’s species of wild bees and hoverflies are in decline and, if current trends continue, it is predicted that some of these will be lost from the country altogether*.

Iceland’s pesticide policy demands that our own label foods must be sourced, grown, produced and distributed in compliance with all relevant UK and EU legislation relating to pesticides, wherever they happen to be located, and we insist that our suppliers and growers must act responsibly in respect of pesticides, demonstrating compliance with all relevant regulations. This includes requesting that suppliers are certified against Assured Produce and Global Gap standards. We also endorse all programmes that have Integrated Crop Management (ICM) Systems as their core objective.  We do not sell any pesticide products for use in the home.

*Centre for Ecology & Hydrology 2019

In the meantime, we are working to protect UK pollinators through our Backyard Nature campaign, which is funded by the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and supported by some of the nation’s best known environmental charities. You can find out about the campaign here.

According to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, wildflower meadows have declined by 97 percent in the last 80 years, contributing to the downward spiral in bee populations. Inspired by an idea from a group of Liverpool schoolchildren called the Eco Emeralds, we are planting 15 million wildflower seeds across the UK and supporting children everywhere to take simple actions to ‘save the bees’.