Bee the change

Greenpeace banner on Syngenta building saying Syngenta pesticides kill bees

Neonicotinoids are pesticides.

The last time I checked, bees were not pests. On the contrary, bees are essential to our survival, as they and other insects pollinate the crops upon which we rely for our food. And yet our economic system refuses to recognise their unpaid labour. When was the last time you were invoiced by a bee?

Across the world, bee populations are crashing. Bees are dying in record numbers.

A search on Google Scholar for the term “neonicotinoids and bee decline” reveals about 820 results; research that links bee decline to the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

On Monday 29Apr2013, the UK government is all set to vote against — not for! — a European ban on these pesticides. It plans to side with the chemical industry, against sanity. Yet again, the politicians are showing that they value business more than life.

Many organisations including Greenpeace, Avaaz, 38 DegreesBuglife, Friends of the Earth, Soil Association and the RSPB have joined forces to protest. You can, too, by just clicking links, or:

a ‘March of the Beekeepers‘ protest is planned for tomorrow — Friday 26 April 2013 — starting in Parliament Square, London at 10:30am.

For the swarm!

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About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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5 Responses to Bee the change

  1. penpusherpen says:

    I added my voice to lots of petitions recently, pedantry, on this very subject and as you say, ’tis vital these pesticides are banned. There’s also concern about Bee Keepers feeding their bees sugared water instead of building up their resistance with the nectar. Weak Bees are in danger from all sorts of attackers and contaminants… xPenx..

  2. Have to say my organic garden in Spain is full of bees 🙂 and ladybirds, and butterflies, moths, geckos, ants, spiders, well everything really is welcome.

    Now why would be surprised that the UK govt would want to side with the chemical industry?

  3. Words fail one! What a mad world we have built around us!

  4. Eric Alagan says:

    Businesses help politicians get elected who help businesses to rape the earth.

  5. pendantry says:

    Thanks for your comments, people. Fortunately for the bees, our short-sighted government here in the UK was overruled — as you have probably heard, the neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned for two years. In a reasonable world, that may allow time for the research beeing done in this field to determine where the problem is. Oh, if only we lived in a reasonable world!

    In the meantime, Greenpeace has some thoughts, including this one:

    The next time you see a bee buzzing around, remember that much of the food we eat depends significantly on natural insectmediated pollination – the key ecosystem service that bees and other pollinators provide.

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