If it’s Honey you’re after…
Woolly friends care about bees. People care about bees. They brighten our lives, pollinate our crops and flowers, save farmers a small fortune and… err… make yummy honey
And bees seem to be political too. A recent bee summit, hosted by Friends of the Earth, highlighted that although the media has focussed on now-banned neonicotinoid pesticides and their potential impact on bees, the whole picture is, well, a bit more complicated than that. And it’s not always everyone else that’s to blame!
True, some insect sprays, climate change and the types of crop grown do have an impact on bee diversity, but so does the way land is used. And that isn’t someone else’s problem, it’s all of ours. It’s not just country people either, but townies like me. Have a look at these stats and you’ll see what I mean!
So its good to know that the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Resource Management, Lord de Mauley, has launched an urgent review of what the government, scientists and non-governmental organisations are doing to help bees and pollinators, and how we could do it better, so that will be a clear understanding of what is, and what is not, harming these important pollinators and how to tackle the problem.
Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Boyd has formed a group of independent experts to look at the evidence. The review will form the basis of the National Pollinator Strategy, which will be launched in November this year.
Wherever the outcome, there’s one conclusion we can safely rely on. And here’s the message, delivered with just little a bit of political edge, by the brilliant Joe Strummer & The Mescelaros
As Joe says,
“If you’re after getting the honey – then you don’t go killing all the bees.”
Friends of the Earth
London is Getting Greyer
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Resource Management, Lord de Mauley
Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Boyd