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30-01-2013, 09:52 AM   #1

Please Help Save The Bees!


I am copying some of a recent email from The Avaaz Team. Please sign this petition.

Dear friends,

Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But in 48 hours the European Union could move to ban the most poisonous pesticides, and pave the way to a global ban that would save bees from extinction.

Four EU countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. Days ago the official European food safety watchdog stated for the first time that certain pesticides are fatally harming bees. Now legal experts and European politicians are calling for an immediate ban. But Bayer and other giant pesticide producers are lobbying hard to keep them on the market. If we build a huge swarm of public outrage now, we can push the European Commission to put our health and our environment before the profit of a few.

We know our voices count! Last year, our 1.2 million strong petition forced US authorities to open a formal consultation on pesticides -- now if we reach 2 million, we can persuade the EU to get rid of these crazy poisons and pave the way for a ban worldwide. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone -- Avaaz and leading MEPs will deliver our message ahead of this week's key meeting in Brussels:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_the_bees/?tSRMIbb

Bees don't just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops -- with an estimated $40bn value and over one-third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations -- some bee species are already extinct and some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers and now the European Food Safety Authority is saying that toxic chemicals called neonicotinoid pesticides could be responsible for the bee deaths. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee-killing pesticides. But Bayer continues to export its poison across the world.

Now the issue is coming to a boil. EU parliamentarians are stepping up their pressure on the European Commission and key governments to push new legislation to ban the deadly pesticides, and we can offer them the public support they need to counter the powerful pesticide lobby. Sign the urgent petition to Europe’s leaders, then forward this email widely:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_the_bees/?tSRMIbb

Our world is beset with threats to what makes it habitable, and to what fills it with wonder. The Avaaz community comes together to defend both -- large or small. Whether winning a battle to keep the International Whaling Commission from sanctioning the murder of these giants, or saving bees, the tiny creatures upon which so much depends, we will come together and stand up for the world we all want.

With hope,

Luis, Ari, Alice, Iain, Ricken, David, Alaphia, and the Avaaz team

SOURCES

Pesticides pose danger to bees (European Voice)
http://www.europeanvoice.com/article...ees/76158.aspx

Crop pesticides are 'killing our bees' - says MEP (Public Service Europe)
http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/a...#ixzz2JGICse6a

Death knell for nerve agent pesticides in move to save bees (Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/environ...s-8454443.html

Give Bees a Chance! (The Greens European Free Alliance)
http://www.greens-efa.eu/give-bees-a-chance-9012.html

Studies fault Bayer in bee die-off (Christian Science Monitor)
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/201...in-bee-die-off



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30-01-2013, 12:07 PM   #2

Re: Please Help Save The Bees!


done.............................................. ..................



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30-01-2013, 09:52 PM   #3

Re: Please Help Save The Bees!


This is so, so important. The disaster which may be caused by the demise of the bee cannot be underestimated. I hope the powers that be act before its too late . . .



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12-02-2013, 11:07 AM   #4

Re: Please Help Save The Bees!


Learned last night on the quiz thanks to Shelley that St. Valentine is the patron saint of bees and beekeepers.

Perhaps if Valentine is on f*book, someone could give him a poke???



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13-02-2013, 08:56 AM   #5

Re: Please Help Save The Bees!


Done............ and do you know you finding these little snippets of news really reminds me of Eileen.......a very Eileen thing to post. Now an Angie thing.



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14-02-2013, 02:38 PM   #6

Re: Please Help Save The Bees!


Thanks Kazz - a very complimentary comparison but actually it was a quiz question, so the kudos should go to Shelley!



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