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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 steph@manchesterfoe.org.uk / cat@manchesterfoe.org.uk.



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      Join the generation that saves our bees

      British bees are under threat from bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids. Let’s ban bee-harming pesticides, for good.

      16th Sep 2016
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      Brexit: What next for bees and the fight against neonicotinoid pesticides?

      Britain’s bees didn’t get to vote in the referendum and they are usually too busy to watch the news. But our ability to continue to protect them and other pollinators from bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides depends on the shape of our … Continue reading

      25th Aug 2016
      
      	
      Bee and neonicotinoids

      UK public overwhelmingly back EU rules to protect bees and nature, YouGov survey reveals

      The British public are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping or strengthening EU rules that protect our natural environment – including Britain’s under-threat bees – a new YouGov survey for Friends of the Earth published today reveals.

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      Bee-harming pesticides: strongest ever evidence on damage to bees

      An independent study backed by the government has reported on the harm caused by neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) to a range of wild bee species. The study examined wild bee populations and the impact of planting neonic-treated oilseed rape crops over 17 years.

      16th Aug 2016
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      New study shows pesticides may act as contraceptive to bees – Friends of the Earth reaction

      A new study from the University of Bern has shown that two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees. Responding to the study, Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth bee campaigner, said: “This study is yet … Continue reading

      27th Jul 2016
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      Rejection of NFU application to use banned pesticides is ‘great news for bees’

      The Government’s has rejected a second application by the NFU to allow farmers in some parts of England to use two banned bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides. The move has been warmly welcomed by Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth … Continue reading

      5th Jul 2016
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      MPs condemn pesticides secrecy

      25 MPs from across the political spectrum have condemned the secrecy surrounding moves to allow banned-bee harming neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) to be used by farmers this autumn.

      20th Jun 2016
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      7 reasons why the Government must not allow bee-harming pesticides back on our farms

      Bright yellow oilseed rape flowers are buzzing with bees but in some fields the bees may get a dose of banned bee-harming insecticide as they feed because of decisions made last year. And any day now the Government is about … Continue reading

      10th Jun 2016
      
      	
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      Keep bee-harming pesticides out of our fields

      Right now the government  is deciding whether to allow dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides back into our fields again. Please tell Environment Minister Liz Truss to protect our bees by adding your name.

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      Bees: NFU makes second bid to use banned pesticides in UK fields

      Friends of the Earth is urging the government to stand up for Britain’s bees after the NFU confirmed that it has submitted a second request to the government for growers to use banned neonicotinoid-treated seed this autumn. The application will … Continue reading

      8th Jun 2016
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