Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and it seems that pesticides called neonicotinoids are the culprits. About three quarters of our food is pollinated by bees and other insects, so not protecting them could really affect our ability to grow food in the future.
A key EU vote is being held on Monday 29th April to determine whether to ban their use and take an important step in protecting the bee population.
Unfortunately, Britain’s environment minister Owen Paterson seems reluctant to take action on these damaging sprays. He recently refused to support a European vote to stop them being used.
So how to get Mr Paterson to hear the plight of the bees?
Beekeepers, conservationists and environmental groups are taking to London’s streets with ‘The March of the Beekeepers’ this Friday 26th April at 10.30AM at Parliament Square. Swarms of people will be dressed in full beekeeper gear, draped in flowers and wearing all things bee and honey related, including a giant Winnie the Pooh! Full details.
There is also an online petition with nearly 300,000 signatures asking Mr Paterson to put bees first for good.