This is more than alarming. . This is a fact.
This threatens our crops and food supply on a global basis, and in my opinion is more of a threat to the survival of the human race than anything else, including terrorism.
But, actually, it is terrorism. When a multinational corporation profits from creating chemicals that may make bees and pollinators extinct, and this affects the human race as a whole, then this should be considered a terrorist act.
Think about it! The effects from what these few multinational biotechnological corporations are creating, is what many are starting to see as crimes against humanity.
A global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction.
Yes, that's right. It can make all the difference. We consumers can make the difference!
Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, which are called:
There is evidence that due to the banning, some bee populations are recovering.
That's good news! But, there's the bad news lurking...
Unfortunately, big chemical companies, like Bayer, (the culprit for this one, and just as insidious a corporation as Monsanto & Dow AgroSciences), all LOBBY really hard to keep all their killer poison pesticides on the market.
Put it this way, due to European resistance to Genetically Modified food (GMO's), Monsanto asked the US government to intervene on their behalf, to maintain its strong pressure on the European Union legislation for the introduction of GMO foods. After moves in France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety, the US embassy recommended that 'we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU'.
Should any corporation be able to direct foreign policy in this way?? They're getting federal governments to do the dirty work for them. I have a problem with that, and so should any free thinking individual. These companies engage in Corporate Fascism.
But back to the Bees...
A global outcry is now on for a ban in the U.S. the E.U. where debate is raging, and hopefully here in Canada, too.
I'm hoping this will provoke an outcry from people like me, gardeners and people of all walks of life who want a total ban on these hazzardous poisons.
This could create a ripple effect around the world. : )
Let's build a giant global buzz calling for these dangerous chemicals to beoutlawed in the U.S., Canada, and EU until and unless they are proved to be safe, and I do not believe they are.
Please consider signing a petition to save bees and other pollinators, and our crops: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/
The Bees need us. And, we need them just as much, if not more.
So, you ask... What can we do in our own little way, in our own back yard, to help the Bees?
Here are some great tips & links!
1) Plant a pollinator-friendly garden http://pollinationcanada.ca/?n=pc_lib_pfg
2) Don't ever use pesticides or chemical fertilizers. They do more harm than good, and are not needed. (Except to line the pockets of big Ag and Chem's greedy pockets.) http://google.ca/search?q=organic+gardening
3) Naturalize the garden. Or a part of it. Plant native flowers in your yard. They are suited to your area and landscape. Native plants are partners with pollinators. http://google.ca/search?q=wildflowers
4) Become a backyard beekeeper. http://google.ca/search?q=backyard+beekeeping
5) Support conservation, wetland conservation, and biodiversity. Once it's gone, that's all folks. http://planetfriendly.net/dontpave.html#links
6) Definitely avoid industrial food and GMOs at all cost. Who need's Monsanto's poisons? Not me! Not you, either. So, shop locally and organically whenever possible. http://planetfriendly.net/organic.html#food
7) Be a pollinator observer. I am!! And, it's fun for kids, too! It's like a science experiment in your own back yard! http://pollinationcanada.ca/?n=pc_be_an_observer
8 ) Learn more about Bees & Pollinators and why everyone needs to get involved: http://planetfriendly.net/wiki/?title=Save_the_Bees
9) Live sustainably. It's all connected. We're all connected. We can't just hop skip and jump to another planet if we destroy this one. We have to take care of it now. Even in small ways. It adds up.
An interesting fact from Pollination Canada:"Pollinating insects are "essential for over a billion dollars of apples, pears, cucumbers, melons, berries, and many other kinds of Canadian farm produce".
That's a lot to ask of these creatures. The least we can do in return is to STOP poisoning them!
More links about how to help our pollinators:
And Don't forget to post your bee-friendly jobs, internships and volunteeropportunities with GoodWork: http://GoodWorkCanada.ca/
Again, my thanks to People and Planet. Canada's Gateway to Environment and Sustainability Since 1998. - Subscribe at : http://www.planetfriendly.net/
Thanks for visiting! ..... Happy Organic Gardening!