Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:02
Yesterday, quite by chance, I had two messages in my in-box about bees. One was from a French organisation called Pollinis, who tell me that Brussels is about to agree to a scheme whereby the 3 most dangerous neo-nicotinoid pesticides will be banned during a 2 year test period, after which the health and safety authorities will check to see if the ban has stopped the massacre of the bees, and to see whether they should put a permanent ban on neo-nicotinoids.
Actually, the 3 bee-killer pesticides will only be banned during a few months of the year and for the most part will be in use for the rest of the year – on nearly 85% of cereal crops, and on a large proportion of fruit, vegetable and herb crops, severely poisoning the ground and the water, which will then be taken up into the roots of the so-called “non-treated” crops.
Many studies have shown that these highly toxic substances can remain in the soil for up to three years after their application and that non-treated crops planted in those same fields will show traces of neo-nicotinoids even as far as their pollen, which then goes on to kill bees!
At the end of the two year test period the multinationals will be able to prove that the bee population is continuing to be decimated in spite of the so-called ban on their products, and that they are not to blame. They will have succeeded in exonerating their pesticides and protecting their profits for many years to come.
There might still be time to stop them, but I'm afraid it will take a bit more effort on our part than simply planting a few bee-friendly annuals. Even non-French can sign their petition, but there are probably UK-based pressure-groups who need our support as well.
The second message was from a supporter of Friends of the Earth, who sent me a list of the MPs who have signed the Bee Cause Statement, calling for offical investigations into saving the bees. I wonder if you know whether your MP has signed it? You can see the list at the FoE website.