Euro MPs in a buzz over decline of our humble bumble bee
PUBLISHED: 13:31 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010
EURO MPs have got a bee in their bonnet—about the disappearance of London's humble bumble bee. Immediate action is needed to tackle the drastic decline in bee colonies, they have declared. The decline poses a threat to honey production and the pollination of plants and food production
EURO MPs have got a bee in their bonnet—about the disappearance of London’s humble bumble bee.
Immediate action is needed to tackle the drastic decline in bee colonies, they have declared.
The decline poses a threat to honey production and the pollination of plants and food production.
The concerns were first raised at the annual Earthwatch debate earlier this month, when eminent scientists declared bees to be the most invaluable species on the planet.
Yet the London Beekeepers Association has reported the bee population has fallen in London by half in the last two years.
This is worrying since three-quarters of our food production depends on bees, especially with 84 per cent vegetables depending on pollination, the MEPs point out.
“The decline is a serious concern,” said Jean Lambert, London’s Green Party MEP.
“Bee-keepers and farmers as well as allotment-holders and gardeners rely on bees for pollination.
“Fruit and vegetable growers may already be seeing the effects of the dwindling bee population.”
Threats to bees come from the use of modified and treated seed, which produce less pollen and nectar, and a reduction of agricultural set aside’ land.
The MEP adds: “We need urgent action if we’re going to avoid a disaster in food production.”
So the buzz in the European Parliament is for research into the causes of the decline.
MEPs are making a bee-line for uncultivated ecological recovery’ zones to be created for bees.