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.
Responding to news today that the National Farming Union’s (NFU) application for an emergency authorisation for neonicotinoid seed treatments has been declined by DEFRA Minister George Eustice, Friends of the Earth’s nature campaigner, Sandra Bell, said: “Once again the NFU’s … Continue reading
Join us for the Great British Bee Count from 19 May – 30 June 2017 and discover the wonderful world of bees in our gardens, streets and green spaces this summer.
Let’s make Manchester a City of Bees! Many of us will have heard of—or even taken part in—City of Trees, the drive to plant three million trees across Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.
• Reducing grass-cutting saves money for cash-strapped councils • Nearly two thirds (63%) of public say councils should be doing more to help protect our bees • Buglife and Friends of the Earth launch council guide to help pollinators at … Continue reading
Responding to a report in the Guardian that draft regulations show the European Commission wants to prohibit the insecticides that cause ‘acute risks to bees’, Friends of the Earth senior nature campaigner Paul de Zylva said: “Evidence of the harm … Continue reading
A pesticide industry legal challenge  to current EU restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides is taking place today and tomorrow (15-16 February). Friends of the Earth says there is growing scientific evidence of the threat these chemicals pose to bees and … Continue reading
Responding to today’s NFU announcement that it has applied for emergency use of banned neonicotinoid seed treatments for “a proportion of the English oilseed rape crop”, Friends of the Earth food and farming campaigner Sandra Bell said: “With mounting scientific … Continue reading
The European Food Safety Authority has delayed its much-anticipated review of three neonicotinoid pesticides – currently subject to EU restrictions – until the autumn. EFSA had been due to publish a full re-evaluation of the scientific evidence of the safety … Continue reading
In 2013 three bee harming neonicotinoid pesticides were banned in the UK. Or were they? The truth is these bee-harming pesticides are still legally used on British farms, including on our wheat. What’s more, we now know that a lot of the … Continue reading
Current EU restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides must be extended to wheat to protect bees and other wildlife, Friends of the Earth warns today (Thursday 5 January 2017) in a new report published at the Oxford Real Farming Conference [1,2,3]. Three … Continue reading