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.
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!