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Neonicotinoids are 7,000 times more toxic than DDT. Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to the dramatic loss of honeybees around the world. British beekeepers have lost up to 80% of their hives in recent years, more than any other country in Euro

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Ben O (154)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:11 am
Done. -Will we EVER learn about the ecological importance of bees...???

Julie P (154)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 2:55 pm
"The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) estimates that if people were to take over the job of pollination from bees in the UK, it would require a workforce of 30 million.

"Their role in the food chain is so important that in 2007 The National Audit Office collated research working out the value of honeybees to the UK economy.

The value of the bees' services were estimated at 200m a year. The retail value of what they pollinate was valued closer to 1bn..
honeybee populations are declining around the world and so far there seems to be only one other way of pollinating mass numbers of plants. It involves employing people to go round with feather dusters, brushing the insides of plants with pollen. They are already doing it in parts of China to pollinate pear trees in areas where the insects are extinct.

Reading University is currently trying to work out how feasible it would be to employ people to hand pollinate plants in the UK. They are focusing on how much an apple would cost if you paid someone earning the minimum wage.Early estimates suggest it would more than double the price.

When you consider a single hive of fifty thousand honeybees pollinate half a million plants in one day it is clearly not a practical solution."

The services provided by bees worldwide has been valued at $153 billion.


Harsha Vardhana (56)
Friday November 30, 2012, 11:02 pm
Signed. Thanks for the spread of awareness !

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Friday November 30, 2012, 11:06 pm
N & S!

Amanda Ashworth (2)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:04 am
Bees are so important to the diversity of the natural world.They are an integral part of nature and without them the whole building block falls down.

Vicky P (476)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:23 pm
noted and signed

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:14 am
noted & signed...(The form has been submitted
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We shall forward all your signatures on to The Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) - just love bees, very important, very. Thanks for posting Kathy....

Carmen S (611)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:56 pm
thanks Kathy
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