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 http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/bee-lovely. 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!