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Beekeeping, Honey Bees

British Bees Are In Danger?

English: A sign warning about pesticide exposure.

English: A sign warning about pesticide exposure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know I said the next post would be more about our bees, but while I am putting together my notes I thought you all might be interested in the following:

 

British bees are in danger. Three species of bees
are already extinct and others are in rapid decline. Strong evidence points to
particular pesticides being to blame for killing them. [1] This week we have a chance to persuade
the government to protect our bees and ban these harmful pesticides.

A government
consultation on pesticide use ends next Monday.
[2] Normally
the only people they would hear from would be the strong pesticide industry.
But by handing in a large petition, we
can make sure that the bees have someone to stand up for them.

Can you sign a petition
now to demand the government phase out the pesticides that are killing our
bees?

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-bees

France and several other
European countries have already started banning these pesticides, but the UK
government is yet to be convinced.
[3] Together, by responding
in our thousands, we can send a strong message to the government and counter
the lobbying from the pesticide industry.

Last week thousands of 38 Degrees members responded to a poll on what we should
be concentrating on together. Over 70% of responses highlighted that protecting
bees was an important issue. [4] This
week is our chance to do something about it.

Sign the petition now
and help save our bees:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-bees

Thanks for being involved,

Robin, Belinda, David and the 38 Degrees Team

NOTES

[1] Friends Of the Earth – Bee Cause: http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/bee_cause_about_35042.html

[2] The government DEFRA consultation: http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/07/30/uknap-pesticides/

[3] The Independent: European and American reports say nerve agents may be a
danger, but the UK goes on using them: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/no-ban-on-pesticides-that-threaten-bees-8114020.html

[4] Link to blog post with poll results: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/october-2012-poll

Discussion

2 thoughts on “British Bees Are In Danger?

  1. Thank you for highlighting this issue. It is so important the UK government listens to the risk associated with pesticide use and pollinator decline.

    Posted by Emma Sarah Tennant | October 26, 2012, 11:42 pm

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