Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bees and their Extinction

In November of last year I wrote a blog about Pollination and the important part bees play in it. I was concerned that I had only seen one bee throughout the whole of 1012. I happened to take a photo of that solitary bee collecting pollen from a flower in my garden.
A week ago when we had the snow, I saw a bee clutching the rendering on a wall of my house. It was an incongruous sight; the creature was immobile while trying to warm itself in the fleeting sunshine. I wondered if perchance it could be that very same bee I had photographed before. I took another, but comparing them, I think they are different.
If you are concerned about the extinction of bees, there’s still time to sign a petition for banning neonicotinoid pesticides throughout the EU. The European food safety watchdog recognizes that this pesticide is fatal to bees. A 1.2 million petition for banning it in the US has led to the opening of a formal consultation on pesticides.
If this destructive pesticide is banned from the whole of the European Union, there’s a chance that the rest of the world may join in.
The first link below takes you to the online petition.
Bayer Kills Bees
Media Briefing - Bayer’s Pesticides
Germany Bans Chemicals linked to Honeybee Devastation

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