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To Bee or not to Bee

 
 

 

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Dear Friend,

Our bees are in danger again! On Tuesday, David Cameron and his cabinet are going to decide whether to allow banned bee killing pesticides to be used on fields across the UK. [1] Unbelievably, a mega pesticide company called Syngenta has just made an emergency appeal after their product was banned across Europe last year due to the risk it poses to our bees.

We’ve not got long to act. But if enough of us make a huge fuss right now, we could persuade David Cameron to throw out Syngenta’s request and uphold the ban.

Can you sign a petition to David Cameron right now demanding that he protects our bees?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/a-ban-is-a-ban

The powerful pesticides that Europe banned last year are called neonicotinoids – and they pose a huge risk to bees. [2] Even though there is a Europe-wide ban on these pesticides, David Cameron could override it – but only in emergency circumstances.

Bees pollinate apples, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflowers, onions, cabbages, broccoli, carrots and many many more of our fruit and veg. [3] Without bees, we wouldn’t last very long!

Now Syngenta are trying to wriggle out of the ban, even though yesterday, scientists from across the world said there’s ‘conclusive’ evidence that Syngenta’s products are killing our bees. [4] And just last week, Barack Obama called for a wholesale review of the pesticides. [5]

Matt Shardlow, chief executive of bee-friendly charity Buglife said: “If the government approves Syngenta’s kneejerk and cynical application then the public are bound to question whether ministers are too close to the agrochemical companies and too distant from the ecology that feeds us.”

Please can you demand that David Cameron puts our bees before Syngenta’s profits?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/a-ban-is-a-ban

Our bees don’t have a voice, but previously hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members have fought for them. We’ve marched on Parliament Square, we’ve signed petitions, we’ve sent thousands of emails and we’ve challenged the environment minister Owen Paterson in person. And we’ve worked alongside campaigners from across Europe to get these killer pesticides banned.

Now, before Tuesday, we need to pull out all the stops – again – to stop Syngenta sneaking through the back door and breaking the European ban.

Click here to sign the petition and put David Cameron under pressure to uphold the law:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/a-ban-is-a-ban

Thanks for being involved,

Robin, Susannah, Blanche & the 38 Degrees team.

NOTES:
[1] The Guardian – Syngenta seeks ‘emergency’ exemption to use banned insecticide on UK crops
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/25/syngenta-exemption-neonicotinoid-insecticide-ban-oilseed-rape
Farmers Guardian – Government considers neonicotinoid derogation request
http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/latest-news/government-considers-neonicotinoid-derogation-request/65497.article
[2] The Independent – Pesticides linked to mass bee deaths also affect other friendly organisms including birds and fish
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/pesticides-linked-to-mass-bee-deaths-also-affect-other-friendly-organisms-including-birds-and-fish-9557959.html
[3] List of crops pollinated by bees
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees
[4] BBC – Widespread impacts of neonicotinoids ‘impossible to deny’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27980344
[5] Washington Examiner – Obama moves to save the honey bees, targets pesticides
http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-moves-to-save-the-honey-bees-targets-pesticides/article/2550000
[6] 38 Degrees blog
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2013/04/26/the-march-of-the-beekeepers/

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