Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.
A study last year found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand - which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and veg, to rocket.
Sir Roger Gale MP said:
I am genuinely very worried about the rapid decline in British bees. Theyíre not only an iconic part of our countryside; they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too. In rural areas such as East Kent they make a particularly necessary and valuable contribution to the balance of the environment and I know that local beekeepers, with whom I have met, are particularly concerned to ensure that action is taken by DEFRA to protect the bee population and to prevent the use of harmful pesticides and the spread of diseases that can so easily decimate colonies
Friends of the Earthís Executive Director Andy Atkins said:
Iím delighted Sir Roger is showing support for Britainís threatened bees Ė they are under severe threat and need all the support they can get.
People up and down the country can help by creating bee-friendly gardens and habitats to enable bees to thrive, but it is vital that the Government does its bit too by introducing a National Bee Action Plan.Ē
Friends of the Earthís Bee Cause campaign is asking David Cameron to adopt a National Bee Action Plan:
- to ensure our towns and countryside provide bees with enough flowers to feed on and places to nest;
- to help farmers, gardeners and park keepers to reduce chemicals that harm bees;
- and to protect Britainís 250+ bee species, not only the ones who make our honey.