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Bees are dying off worldwide and our entire food chain is in peril. Scientists blame toxic pesticides and four European governments have already banned them. If we get the US and the EU to join the ban, other governments across the world could follow, and save bees from extinction. Sign the petition and forward this urgent appeal:

Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don’t just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 90% of the plants we grow.

Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and bee populations are recovering in countries where these products have been banned. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling these poisons. Our best chance to save bees now is to push the US and EU to join the ban
– their action is critical and will have a ripple effect on the rest of the world.

We have no time to lose — the debate is raging about what to do. This is not just about saving bees, this is about survival. Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for the EU and US to outlaw these killer chemicals and save our bees and our food. Sign the emergency petition now, and send it on to everyone and we’ll deliver it to key decision makers:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/?vl

Bees are vital to life on earth — every year pollinating plants and crops with an estimated $40bn value, over one third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations — some bee species are already extinct and last week we learned that some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers. Some studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But increasingly independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world.

This issue is now coming to the boil as major new studies have confirmed the scale of this problem. If we can get European and US decision-makers to take action, others will follow. It won’t be easy. A leaked document shows that the US Environmental Protection Agency knew about the pesticide’s dangers, but ignored them. The document says Bayer’s “highly toxic” product is a “major risk concern to non target insects [honey bees]“.

We need to make our voices heard to counter Bayer’s very strong influence on policy makers and scientists in both the US and the EU where they fund the studies and sit on policy bodies. The real experts — the beekeepers and farmers — want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe. Let’s support them now. Sign the petition below, then send it to your friends….

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/?vl

We can no longer leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets. Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.

With hope,

Alex, Alice, Iain, David and all at Avaaz

MORE INFORMATION

Bee decline could be down to chemical cocktail interfering with brains

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/22/chemicals-bees-decline-major-study?INTCMP=SRCH

Bee briefing

http://www.soilassociation.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=RXLEm9WXrHk%3D&tabid=439

$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens

http://www.businessinsider.com/colony-collapse-disorder-still-unsolved-lead-researcher-had-connections-to-bayer-2010-10

“Nicotine Bees” Population Restored With Neonicotinoids Ban

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/05/nicotine-bees-population-restored-with-neonicotinoids-ban.php

EPA memo reveals concern that pesticide causes bee deaths

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=79910

Beekeepers want government to pull pesticide

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/money/beekeepers-want-government-to-pull-pesticide-1107701.html

Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/03/bumblebees-study-us-decline?INTCMP=SRCH

Pesticide industry involvement in EU risk assessment puts survival of bees at stake

http://www.corporateeurope.org/agribusiness/news/2010/11/16/pesticide-industry-future-bees

Vanishing of Bees provide details on the EPA leaked documents

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Mrm9Y6khk

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4 Responses to “Bee Active”

  1. michael lord says:

    The reason bees are dieing off is very simple: gmo’s. Beekeepers are giving the bees corn syrup and taking their honey and pollen. Bees live very short lives anyway but when they are given the corn syrup which is a gmo product it does not sustain them and their short lives are even shorter much shorter. The high fructose corn syrup does not have the right footprint to nourish the bees and so they die. The corn syrup given to the bees is manmade and never before seen in nature and therefore it is a non-food. Beekeepers are aware of pesticides and they know when their hives are exposed to pesticides they lose most of their hives. This is a no brainer even for them. The answer is so simple the beekeepers are killing off their own hives. In addition, the bees will exhaust one source of pollen and nectar before they go to another source so if they are in a field of genetically modified plants that source will kill them off as well. This info is not mine it comes from God.

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  2. Den McFarland says:

    I agree with Michael’s comment. Added to the GMO problem is a lack of diversity. As we need a range of nutrients to boost our immune systems, so do bees! Monoculture on a gigantic scale is not good for man, beast nor bee!

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  3. Chris says:

    It never stops amazing me that evrything that man has to do with nature he is hell bent on destroying it without ever having the brain matter to realise that nature is what sustains us. But we never listen or act until it is too late

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  4. ann says:

    There is so much more to food make-up than simple sugars and protein. On this site Dr Spengler writes about the Bach Flower Remedies and the healing powers of flower essences. The bees are harvesting from this source to produce their honey but beekeepers are taking live, vibrant, health sustaining food from the tiny creatures and giving them dead sugars to replace it.

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