Friday, 7 September 2012

A World Without Bees?

Just a short post today, but one that urgently needed writing.


Where would we be without bees?                                                                                                       

It's not a scenario I like to imagine, but sometime in the distant, or not so distant future, this could very well be a reality. The bee is the world's most important pollinator of food crops and with them rapidly in decline, how long before there is a national and international food shortage?

I was alerted today to  A petition to ban the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides which is not only 7000 times more toxic than the already banned DDT pesticide but has been linked to the rapid drop in  bees.  It makes an interesting read and the facts are scary.  100,000 signatures are needed to make the government sit up and listen, follow the example of Germany, France, Italy and Slovenia, and ban these powerful pesticides.

I've signed, and I am sure a lot of you will want to do your bit to protect one of nature's hardest workers!


  1. I signed a while ago, if only folks knew that without bees we wouldn't actually have ANY food!!

    Sue xx

  2. You're right Sue, and it boils down to education or lack of it. As a child I always thought bees were nasty little creatures due to my mother's phobia of them. It is only as I have got older that I have learned how important they are and no longer fear them. I now love watching them at work and have been organising my garden to attract more. I have also saved countless that have wandered into my conservatory - for some reason they can never find their way out x

  3. We choose to eat organically as much as we can as I see what is sprayed on the cereal crops in the fields next to our cottage in Scotland. We have Bees quite regularly in our compost. Will definitely sign - thanks for the post.

  4. Hello Sue:
    This is indeed a most serious problem and one which needs to be addressed with the upmost urgency. You are right to draw attention to it, as others have also done.

    We very much hope to welcome you to our own blog one day.

  5. I've signed that before. I've noticed that there have been less bees in the garden this summer - am sure the weather is partly to blame. We have loads of bee friendly plants but as some of them have struggled this year I guess it becomes a circular problem :(

  6. Thank you for posting about this one. I've been concerned about this but unsure what to do about it.