A nephew from Ontario visited us last year. He told us of the shocking reduction in bee numbers in Southern Ontario. The following information from Avaaz explains why. It is heartening to live here in New Zealand’s Far North where the bees are still buzzing. Please read the words below and sign the petition to ensure chemicals toxic to bees (and other life including humans) are banned.

I find it interesting that Germans, hosts to Bayer – the chief manufacturer of these deadly poisons – refuse to allow these toxic sprays on their home turf. Why then should Bayer be allowed to export them to other locations?

We recently met a local orchardist, growing conventionally using chemical inputs, who refuses to eat the food he grows, claiming it is too toxic. Farmers traditionally were the guardians of the earth. Isn’t it a shame that today’s money-based system forces farmers to grow food that even they won’t eat? Should you? This is just one more reason why we, as consumers, need to support local organic growers of quality food good for people and the planet. Sign below to support the enhancement of a healthier world for us and the bees.

Wishing you a smile-filled day of sunshine and clean, invigorating air filled with the joyful buzzing of bees.

John

Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don’t just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 90% of the plants we grow.

Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and bee populations have soared in four European countries that have banned these chemicals. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling this poison. Our best chance to save bees now is to push the US and EU to join the ban — their action is critical and will have a ripple effect on the rest of the world.

We have no time to lose — the debate is raging about what to do. This is not just about saving bumble bees, this is about survival. Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for the EU and US to outlaw these killer chemicals and save our bees and our food. Sign the emergency petition now, and send it on to everyone and we’ll deliver it to key decision makers:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/?vl  

Bees are vital to life on earth — every year pollinating plants and crops with an estimated $40bn value, over one third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees we could end up with no fruit, no vegetables, no nuts, no oils and no cotton.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations — some bee species are now extinct and others are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers. Some studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But new leading independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world

This issue is now coming to the boil as major new studies have confirmed the scale of this problem. If we can get European and US decision-makers to take action, others will follow. It won’t be easy. A leaked document shows that the US Environmental Protection Agency knew about the pesticide’s dangers, but ignored them. The document says Bayer’s “highly toxic” product is a “major risk concern to non target insects [honey bees]”.

We need to make our voices heard to counter Bayer’s very strong influence on policy makers and scientists in both the US and the EU where they fund the studies and sit on policy bodies. The real experts — the beekeepers and farmers — want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe. Let’s support them now. Sign the petition below.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/?vl  

We can no longer leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets. Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.

With hope,

Alex, Alice, Iain, David and all at Avaaz

MORE INFORMATION

Bee decline could be down to chemical cocktail interfering with brains

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/22/chemicals-bees-decline-major-study?INTCMP=SRCH

Bee briefing

http://www.soilassociation.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=RXLEm9WXrHk%3D&tabid=439

$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens

http://www.businessinsider.com/colony-collapse-disorder-still-unsolved-lead-researcher-had-connections-to-bayer-2010-10   

“Nicotine Bees” Population Restored With Neonicotinoids Ban

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/05/nicotine-bees-population-restored-with-neonicotinoids-ban.php  

EPA memo reveals concern that pesticide causes bee deaths

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=79910  

Beekeepers want government to pull pesticide http://www.palmbeachpost.com/money/beekeepers-want-government-to-pull-pesticide-1107701.html  

British Beekeepers’ Association to stop endorsing bee-killing pesticides http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/16/beekeepers-end-pesticide-endorsement?INTCMP=SRCH   

Pesticide industry involvement in EU risk assessment puts survival of bees at stake http://www.corporateeurope.org/agribusiness/news/2010/11/16/pesticide-industry-future-bees

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