A breath of life for bees

Amy Leech - 12 April 2013

Honey beeThe sigh of relief was audible in the Saturday sunshine as they buzzed between blossom, bees returning to the hive coated - from head to toe - in yellow bounty.

Last weekend’s clear skies brought brief respite from tough times. A wet sunless summer followed by a cold grey spring has left many hives starving. And to make matters worse they live under a government who is making their life harder.

Despite Europe’s leading scientists agreeing the need to ban three neonicotinoid pesticides which science has shown harm bees, and political consensus in the UK that we should support their conclusion, our government continue to ignore the experts by opposing the ban.

It’s ironic that as bees busy themselves maintaining life as we know it, pollinating one third of the food we eat and countless more plants and trees, our government sit on their hands and does nothing to protect them.

What are they waiting for? Are they lazy? Short-sighted? Or simply slow to catch-up?

Today’s news that Waitrose are suspending the use of the three neonicotinoids in their supply chain is a ray of hope for the bees amidst predictably grey skies and gloomy headlines.

Later this month Owen Paterson, our Minister for the Environment, will get a second chance to vote on whether Britain backs a Europe-wide ban on neonicotinoids. Will he vote for bees or the chemical companies this time?

For the bees, I will be writing to my MP to tell them why I want them to put pressure on Owen Paterson to vote for a ban and I hope you will too.

As bees breath life into our landscape the least we can do is return the favour.

Amy is Research Assistant at the Soil Association.

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Glenn Broughton
13 April 2013 21:09

Thankyou Waitrose, definitely Britain's outstanding supermarket

Frances Prestage
12 April 2013 16:05

Three cheers for Waitrose!

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