Battle to safeguard British bees gathers pace
The battle to save Britain's bees is gathering pace and Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause campaign is playing a leading role.
Pressure is mounting on the Government to start work urgently on a Bee Action Plan. It's also been called on to drop its opposition to European Commission proposals to restrict the use of three insecticides. These insecticides, called neonicotinoids, have been linked to falling bee numbers.
Retailers take action
Over recent weeks we've revealed that major home and gardening retailers are removing the most harmful neonicotinoids from their shelves. In total around a thousand stores have now stopped selling these insecticides.
Friends of the Earth activists have played a key role, contacting outlets across the country asking them to act. Join in now.
The Times backs pesticide ban
And retailers aren't the only people getting involved. This week an editorial in The Times backed our call for action on neonicotinoids.
It would be easy enough to drag one's feet until the evidence against such pesticides was incontrovertible. It would be smarter to curb their use now until science is certain they pose no threat to bees.
The Times also today published a letter from Friends of the Earth calling for action on all causes of bee decline not just neonicotinoids.
The next few weeks could be crucial for the fate of Britain's bees - and our Bee Cause campaign will be working hard to ensure our politicians act.
Sign our petition calling for a Bee Action Plan to protect all the UK's bees from all major causes of bee decline.
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