Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
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Bees in danger again

There's still problems with chemical companies trying to get bee-killing pesticides back in use. This was sent to me today, if you're at all interested (and haven't already done so) please sign the petition:

Our bees are in danger again. Toxic chemical companies are trying to get their banned pesticides back on UK fields. The government are currently considering an application to lift the ban on bee-killing chemicals for some crops planted this autumn. [1]

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

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. [2]

A huge petition will make it clear to the environment minister, Liz Truss, that she still needs to protect our bees, not the toxic profits of bee-killing chemical companies. Please add your name to the petition now.
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/keep-the-ban

Thanks, I hope you can be involved.

PS: 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 - sign the petition now:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/keep-the-ban


NOTES
[1] Farmers Weekly: Time running out for neonicotinoid decision:
http://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/time-running-neonicotinoid-decision.htm
Farmers Weekly: NFU confirms bid for neonics ban exemption:
http://www.fwi.co.uk/news/nfu-confirms-bid-for-neonics-ban-exemption.html
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
[2] 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
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/
Liz Truss will take questions from other MPs about her areas of ministerial responsibility (environment, food and rural affairs) for the first time under this government on Thursday 18 June. Parliament UK Website:
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-table-office/order-of-oral-questions1.pdf
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