The native UK bee has been in decline over recent years due to a number of social and environmental factors. Similar declines have been recorded all over the world and some parts of China are already forced to use artificial pollination.
Bees pollinate 75% of our crops and if numbers continue to decline, it will cost the government a whopping £1.8 billion to replace them with artificial pollination. The Bee Cause campaign is here to raise awareness of this potential catastrophe and to encourage David Cameron to set up a national Bee Action Plan, which will see the end of some pesticide usage.
Along with campaigning and raising awareness, Manchester FOE is also supporting its local bees by creating more bee friendly habitats around the city.
For more information on the national campaign, visit The Bee Cause website.
Or to get involved with Manchester FOE’s bee activities contact either Steph or Cat on firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Friends of the Earth has taken the first formal legal steps over the Government’s decision to permit the use of bee-harming pesticides in England despite a Europe-wide ban.
Responding to news today that the Government has agreed to allow farmers to plant oilseed rape seeds treated with currently banned neonicotinoid pesticides this autumn, Friends of the Earth bees campaigner Paul de Zylva said: “It’s scandalous that the Government … Continue reading
Create a haven to help bees and other insects thrive. Now is the perfect time to apply – you’ll get your free seeds in time for autumn sowing.
Bees are under threat. Two years ago the use of some pesticides called neonicotinoids was banned across Europe because they were found to harm bees.
Bee Coalition press release: The Bee Coalition has reacted with dismay to news that the National Farmers Union is attempting to sidestep an EU ban on neonicotinoids, pesticides known to be harmful to bees.
The UK Government must listen to the overwhelming scientific evidence on the threat neonicotinoid pesticides pose to bees, and support a permanent ban on their use, Friends of the Earth said today.
This year’s Great British Bee Count is bursting with loads of fun, new ways you can help monitor our buzzing garden friends.
Reacting to two new studies, published today in the scientific journal Nature, which provide further evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides pose a substantial risk to wild bee species, Friends of the Earth nature campaigner Sandra Bell said: “The scientific evidence that … Continue reading
Bees can guide us to garden as responsibly as possibly, from growing the right plants, to avoiding chemicals. For more wildlife-friendly gardening advice – including guides to peat-free compost, seeds and garden centres – download Ethical Consumer’s free Green gardening guide.
Ask Europe’s Pesticides Commissioner to stand up to chemical giants and strengthen the current ban on bee-harming pesticides. Chemical company Bayer just lost a court case in which it sued Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that a … Continue reading