Protect Bees

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.”

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The above quotation is attributed to Albert Einstein but it doesn’t really matter who said it does it, the fact is, it’s true. I am not sure about the time line of our demise but man and many other animals would not survive long without bees.

An application to allow oilseed rape growers to use neonicotinoids on oilseed rape crops has been submitted to the UK government. If approved, up to one-third of UK oilseed rape crops could be treated with neonicotinoids despite a European ban. This deadly insecticide is harmful to bees and to humans also. 

Here are actions you can take to save bees here in the UK.

Please read the following information from 38 degrees and sign the petition and send the message:

Message to be sent to the following MPs: Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs MP, George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment MP and Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/keep-the-ban-on-bee-killing-pesticides -please edit if possible using your own words, but if not just send as it is.

If you prefer to use your own e-mail click the link below to locate the e-mail addresses of the above MPs
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

“Our bees are in danger again. Toxic chemical companies are trying to get their banned pesticides back on UK fields. An application was just submitted to the government asking them to lift the ban on bee-killing chemicals for some crops planted this autumn.

Bees don’t have a voice, we do, we fought for a Europe-wide ban, now we need to stop it getting watered down.”

Petition

Please sign the petition now demanding that we keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/keep-the-ban

“The latest bid by pesticide companies to bring bee-killing chemicals back to the UK has just moved to its final stage.The application to lift the ban on the bee-killing pesticides is now with the three government ministers in charge. It’s sitting on their desks right now – and they could make a decision at any moment!

So please sign the petition and send the e-mail:

Please can you send a quick email now to the ministers who are making the decision? Together we can tell them to protect our bees and not the profits of toxic chemical companies:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/keep-bee-pesticides-ban

More from 38degress about the pesticide threat to bees here in the UK

“The powerful pesticides which Europe banned last year are called neonicotinoids – and they pose a huge risk to bees. Last month an influential group of scientists concluded that these banned pesticides don’t just kill bees, they wreak “havoc” with other insects and plants in the countryside too. 

We need to keep working together to protect our bees because we know how crucial bees are to life on earth. We’ve marched on Parliament, we’ve signed petitions, we’ve sent thousands of emails and we’ve challenged politicians face to face. We worked alongside campaigners from across Europe to get these killer pesticides banned.

Now, we need to pull out all the stops – again. A huge petition will make it clear to the environment minister that she still needs to protect our bees, not the toxic profits of bee-killing chemical companies.

Click the links below to sign the petition and tell environment minister Liz Truss to protect the bees:

Bees pollinate apples, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflowers, onions, cabbages, broccoli, carrots and many many more of our fruit and veg. Without bees, we wouldn’t last very long!”

So please help stop this new threat to their survival. please  sign the petition and send the mail if you have not already done so :

Petition
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/keep-the-ban

E-mail
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/keep-bee-pesticides-ban

The “control of nature” is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man. The concepts and practices of applied entomology for the most part date from that Stone Age of science. It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modern and terrible weapons, and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth.

Rachel Carson Silent Spring  More excepts
http://www.uky.edu/Classes/NRC/381/carson_spring.pdf

We have a huge fight on our hands to save bees though many people seem oblivious to the threat and the danger it imposes. As a vegan I value the lives of all living beings, the earth is not ours to plunder, it is not ours to do with as we please and all beings have a right to their lives. We share this world with countless myriads of other creatures who have as much right to continue their existence as we do. This includes insects. Did you know that if all insects were to become extinct the whole fabric of life on earth would be gone.

“If all the insects were to disappear from the Earth, within fifty years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within fifty years all forms of life would flourish.”
Jonas Salk

‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’
David Attenborough

Insects including bees are important to the continuance of life on earth and as extreme as many would think I consider these tiny creatures have a right to live. In addition their extinction would be our demise. Obvious right? So why are we allowing profit hungry neonicotinoid pesticide manufacturer Syngenta to endanger the continuing existence of bees.You can be assured it is all about profit, not feeding people. Rape seed oil is a cash crop, it looks pretty , its a relatively cheap oil but it not essential to life yet it’s grown in abundance on our very limited arable land here in the UK.

In order to grow more of this crop irresponsible pesticide companies want to lift the ban on this very dangerous pesticide. They must not be allowed to do so, for the sake of bees, ourselves and other animals.

Read More – A selection of links chosen by 38 degrees
[1] Farmers Weekly: NFU confirms bid for neonics ban exemption
http://www.fwi.co.uk/news/nfu-confirms-bid-for-neonics-ban-exemption.htm
[2] The 2-year EU-wide temporary ban was effective from December 2013, and will be reviewed later this year. The government can overturn the ban in ‘emergency’ circumstances – chemical company Syngenta sought to do this last year.
The Independent: ‘Victory for bees’ as European Union bans neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for destroying bee population:
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/victory-for-bees-as-european-union-bans-neonicotinoid-pesticides-blamed-for-destroying-bee-population-8595408.html
The Guardian: Syngenta seeks ‘emergency’ exemption to use banned insecticide on UK crops
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/25/syngenta-exemption-neonicotinoid-insecticide-ban-oilseed-rape
[3] New York Times: Pesticides linked to honeybee deaths pose more risks, European group says:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/09/business/energy-environment/pesticides-probably-more-harmful-than-previously-thought-scientist-group-warns.html
[4] Read about 38 Degrees members campaigning to save our bees here:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/tag/bees/
You can read more about some of our friends’ campaigns to protect our bees here:
Bug life: Saving the small things that run the planet:
https://www.buglife.org.uk/
Friends of the Earth: The Bee Cause:
https://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/the_bee_cause_home_map_39371/

Credit Photo:

Wikimedia User Dinkum
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abeille_butinant_une_fleur_3.JPG

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