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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 Damian or Cat on damian@manchesterfoe.org.uk / cat@manchesterfoe.org.uk.



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      Recipes for your bee-friendly rapeseed oil

      Have you already bought some high-quality bee-friendly British rapeseed oil produced while avoiding the use of harmful pesticides? If you’d like more information about the issues, you can find out more here. But if you’ve already got a bottle of … Continue reading

      20th Feb 2018
      
      	

      Bee-friendly shopper’s guide to Local Rapeseed Oil

      An earth- and pollinator-friendly diet is healthy for us as well as various wild bees, honey bees and other pollinators. This is so whether we are vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous and especially if it includes the best oils and fats.

      10th Jan 2018
      
      	

      Northern Forest backing welcomed – but government must do more to protect ancient forests and nature

      Every child should be given right to experience nature every day.Commenting on government backing for the Woodland Trust’s proposed coast-to-coast Northern Forest, Friends of the Earth Senior Nature Campaigner, Paul de Zylva, said: “England is one of the least wooded … Continue reading

      7th Jan 2018
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      City of Trees: can you spare 30 minutes and help shape the future of Greater Manchester’s trees and woods?

      City of Trees is looking for home-based volunteers to help with an important project called i-Tree Eco.

      3rd Jan 2018
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      European vote on banning bee-harming pesticides delayed until 2018

      Outdoor ban on neonicotinoid pesticides needed to help protect bees, says Friends of the Earth European Commission proposals for a complete outdoor ban on three neonicotinoids were discussed by member states today – but no vote was taken. The issue … Continue reading

      12th Dec 2017
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      Support tougher restrictions on bee-harming pesticides

      For nearly four years, there has been a temporary ban on three bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids.

      9th Dec 2017
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      Glyphosate relicensing backward step for health and environment

      Government must help farmers move away from controversial chemical

      27th Nov 2017
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      Support tougher restrictions on bee-harming pesticides

      Environment Secretary Michael Gove finally backed tougher restrictions on bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids. His landmark decision is down to millions of people keeping up the pressure for a full ban on bee-harming neonics – and it demonstrates just how powerful … Continue reading

      9th Nov 2017
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      Stop the massacre of migrating birds

      Every year more than 2 million migrating birds, including robins, thrushes and nightjars, are illegally trapped and killed in Cyprus as part of a criminal food business. A major part of this illegal killing occurs on UK territory on the … Continue reading

      29th Sep 2017
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      Make a poster to save our bees

      For over three years there has been a Europe-wide ban on bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids. But this ban only applies to crops attractive to pollinators — it doesn’t cover crops like wheat. This October, Michael Gove will vote on behalf … Continue reading

      7th Sep 2017
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