Save the bees! Act now
The bee emergency
Around the world, the bee population is in decline. The bees are experiencing a phenomenon we call CCD – Colony Collapse Disorder, where bee hives are collapsing and many bee species are becoming extinct. Since 2006, there has been a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honeybee colonies in North America, as well as in many parts of Europe – Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany. In Australia too, thousands of bees are being wiped out.
The two most prominent causes of CCD appear to be pesticides and habitat loss. In Australia, the habitat of bees is threatened by drought, bushfires and heatwaves. There is also the threat of the bloodsucking varroa mite entering Australia. This parasite originated in Japan and Korea in the 1950s and has infected every country except Australia.It is rated as one of the nation’s greatest biosecurity threats.
Pesticides are the other major cause of CCD.
“Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and some bee populations are recovering in countries where these products have been banned. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling these poisons.” – www.avaaz.org
Why do we need bees?
“65 per cent of agricultural production is reliant on pollination by bees to produce fruit, vegetables and seeds and honeybees are coming under increasing pressure from urbanisation, bushfires, changing agricultural practices and changing land management practises.” – Chairman of the Pollination Program R&D Advisory Committee, Gerald Martin.
How can we save the bees?
In Australia, there are a number of ways we can help save the bees. The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has released a guide to pollen and nectar planting choices that will provide food for honeybees.
“Everyone can make a difference by considering bees when they are planning small and large scale planting.” – http://www.rirdc.gov.au/news/2013/01/15/help-save-the-honeybee-by-making-the-right-plant-choices
Avaaz action – Global Bee Emergency
Avaaz has put together a global campaign to convince world leaders to ban poisonous pesticides that are threatening the bees.
“Bees don’t just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 80% of the plants we grow.” – www.avaaz.org
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“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 many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.” – www.avaaz.org
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