AIBU to want Cameron to spend a week painting pollen into apple blossoms??

(35 Posts)
sieglinde Fri 05-Apr-13 15:17:38

I'm really worried about bees and pesticides; there are so few bees in my garden in summer compared with numbers a few years ago, and I have several beekeeping friends who have lost whole colonies.

Meanwhile the government are BLOCKING EU moves to ban the neonicotinoid pesticides that several trials have shown are a likely culprit. The EU move was a temporary ban pending further trials, but our dear guvverment evidently believes in fairies, perhaps as alternative pollinators, because without bees up to one-third of crops will fail, though their friends at Monsanto will walk away with Big Bucks. angry Furious, in fact.

If you don't think I am BU to hand Cameron a paintbrush and tell him to get on with it, some petitions you can sign are - this has SHAMINGLY few signatures...


quoteunquote Fri 05-Apr-13 15:24:00

all ready done, it's complete madness to allow these pesticides to be used,

anyone wanting to hear how stupid the problem and debate is, please listen to conversation on today's you and yours

Unbelievable this is being blocked, food prices will rocket.

nancerama Fri 05-Apr-13 15:42:31

I'm furious about this. I wrote to my MP begging him to do something The Tory twat responded with a photo of himself meeting and greeting a woman dressed as a bee and saying that it was important we should do something, but looking at the evidence we don't need to do anything.

What is their problem with the hard working bees?

Agri business is huge and massively profitable. They just don't give a tiny fuck sad

Monty Don is leading a big campaign about it.

weegiemum Fri 05-Apr-13 15:46:40

Id like him to do this too.

Then spend 3 months cleaning toilets on the nmw. Oh and then a few months as a teacher in an inner city sink comprehensive, a few as a GP in a deprived part of the country, several as a child protection social worker.

In fact I suspect he doesn't have time to be a bus driver, refuse collector, secretary in the local job centre, and actually a hard working mp.

He's never had a real job.

LisaMed Fri 05-Apr-13 15:49:06

The pesticides are bad and the recent bad weather will not help at all. Last year there will have been a shortage of blooms (even the sodding weeds didn't grow) and flowers are really late here.

Planning on planting some of these for the bees. Fingers crossed. I think the ones in our chimney have finally been seen off by the weather. I saw them at the beginning of March but no sign since.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Fri 05-Apr-13 16:49:18

Would you honestly trust him to do it properly? Bees are already on the decline... shock

sieglinde Fri 05-Apr-13 17:12:37

Lovely to know I am not BU, and I love your suggestions too, weegiemum. But for now I am Bee Woman. Bees are just so crucial and these bloody fools are blundering about, wrecking an EU-wide plan to save them.

Anyone wanting to know more can go here

Catmint Fri 05-Apr-13 17:20:57

Had signed the avaaz one, have now signed and shared the other one as well.

sieglinde Sat 06-Apr-13 09:55:08

Huge thanks to anyone who signed. This may be one of the most terrible things this terrible government has done.

Notquite Sat 06-Apr-13 10:04:34

Signed. Thanks Bee Woman.

trice Sat 06-Apr-13 10:07:14

I have signed. They just have not got the first clue have they?

Signed. And bump.

Frostybean Sat 06-Apr-13 12:03:29

Thanks for the brief. Petition signed & shared.

hypnotizingchickens Sat 06-Apr-13 13:54:04

Signed. Thank you for posting - I wouldn't have come across the petitions without you.

maddening Sat 06-Apr-13 15:05:19


quoteunquote Sat 06-Apr-13 15:31:41

We (local bee group) have been opening hives these last few week, (south hams escaped the bad weather this year)

out of 42 hives ,all well fed and care for, there are two with live bees in them. other groups are reporting similar failure numbers.

my cherry trees which should be buzzing with bees as they are in full blossom, normally my favourite place to sit and read at this time as the canopy sounds like a grand prix, with bumbles and honey bees fighting for space, is more or less empty.

please share these petitions with everyone you know, there are serious problems, that cannot be put off solving.


VikingLady Sat 06-Apr-13 19:17:52

Signed and shared on fb

Latara Sat 06-Apr-13 19:35:59

I wonder if the govt wants the bees & therefore British crops to fail for some reason?? It's a real shame.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 06-Apr-13 19:46:03

Signed and thanks for bringing this to my attention smile

MyDarlingClementine Sat 06-Apr-13 19:50:17

We are doing loads for bees in our garden, signed petition too.

cocoachannel Sat 06-Apr-13 20:01:39

With shameful ignorance blush what types of things can we practically do MyDarlingClementine?

Have signed and shared petitions.

TiredFeet Sat 06-Apr-13 20:07:31

Have signed the petition

moisturiser Sat 06-Apr-13 20:15:34

I think people have absolutely no idea how serious this is, how much of our food on this planet is pollinated by bees. This is a priority.

I'm planting as much in my garden I can that will provide food for them; clover in my lawn, foxgloves, cornflowers, poppies, phacelia and nasturtiums. If anyone has the tiniest bit of garden (or a window box) please also consider planting some of the above, the more food we can provide for them the better.

qo Sat 06-Apr-13 21:05:29

Bump, ought to be a sticky really. Thank you and keep up the good work sieglinde

qo Sat 06-Apr-13 21:11:51

Just to add, I said ought to be a sticky as I don't believe the general public are even aware of this, I wasn't until I clicked on this thread and I do keep myself fairly up to date with what's going on.

I now have a vague feeling that my son said something to me about this a while back, but I dismissed it as aspie witterings!

MyDarlingClementine Sat 06-Apr-13 22:00:16

btw love your title, love the image it conjures up. grin

VikingLady Sun 07-Apr-13 20:08:20


pepperrabbit Sun 07-Apr-13 20:11:57

I spent 5 hours in my garden today and saw one single bee. sad
That's all, lots of birds but hardly any insects at all.

sieglinde Mon 08-Apr-13 11:36:56

Thanks to all of you who signed and shared, also to those who bumped.

I too saw not one bee in a whole day in the garden yesterday. The silence is terrifying.

Agree I'd love this to be sticky! How do I get MNHQ to make it sticky?

KarenHL Mon 08-Apr-13 11:43:04

Sieglinde I am totally with you.

What has really angered me about the news articles on this, is that not one mainstream article seems to have mentioned that DEFRAs study was not (what I would call) independent. From what I have read elsewhere, I believe it was paid for by the people who make the neonicitinoid pesticides.

From (what I would call) independent research conducted elsewhere in the EU it appears that these pesticides do have a marked and measurable affect on the nervous systems of bees. As such, they are dangerous and we should follow others in the EU in banning them.

I wouldn't be half so livid, if those writing the news articles had bothered to actually do some research (looking at you, BBC) - and if our 'authorities' were honest and transparent enough to make it clear that the study was paid for by pesticide giants.

Gaaahhh - rant over! Thank you for letting me vent, that's been waiting.

KarenHL Mon 08-Apr-13 11:54:24

Link to Fera's report. As you can see it was produced by Fera, for Syngenta (big pharma).

I do not know how good/accurate this research is, but surely it would have more credence if it were completely independent? And yes, not being totally naieve, I know the big pharmas will argue that they are best placed to commission research on products they are developing (and that they want to know side-effects in case of future compensation claims).

MariscallRoad Sat 20-Apr-13 23:49:26

I ve signed the petition

Pestcides harm the food chains and more animals and the people as well . Now that I come to think I used to see lots of bees years ago but fewer and fewer London. Even wasps are fewer.

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