Wiping out bees is sheer madness

Wiping out bees is sheer madness

Wiping out bees is sheer madness

First published in Letters by

ALTHOUGH pesticides can increase food production and crop yields, they can also have a devastating effect on bee populations.

For example, in early May 2008, half a billion bees were killed in Western Germany by the introduction of a neonicotinoid pesticide.

In the UK, the honey bee population is now no longer large enough to pollinate our staple crops.

Is this madness? Yes, without doubt.

If most pesticides are toxic to bees, then it is pointless to continue using them because without honey bee survival, most plants and one third of our food supply are gone.

Truly, the only solution seems to be a large-scale shift to organic farming methods.

Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington

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8:34am Sun 27 Apr 14

anistasia says...

Man against nature man makes pesticides to kill pests hence less diseased plants more fruit etc meaning bigger yealds more profit but using pesticides that kills bees a natural pollunater of plants this would be world disaster
Man would have to do bees work go round pollunating all plants and trees something bees do for free.no bees no flowrrs or food no honey we need more wild flower meadows less intrusive sprays/chemicals if we insist on using harmful pesticides because of the intense labour involved food will be really expensive in the future
Man against nature man makes pesticides to kill pests hence less diseased plants more fruit etc meaning bigger yealds more profit but using pesticides that kills bees a natural pollunater of plants this would be world disaster Man would have to do bees work go round pollunating all plants and trees something bees do for free.no bees no flowrrs or food no honey we need more wild flower meadows less intrusive sprays/chemicals if we insist on using harmful pesticides because of the intense labour involved food will be really expensive in the future anistasia
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8:56am Sun 27 Apr 14

anistasia says...

Aled jones your letter is well put together hope people and govenments around the world take note and act before its too late.
Aled jones your letter is well put together hope people and govenments around the world take note and act before its too late. anistasia
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Golden wonder says...

As a farmer we spray these chemicals early in a morning or late at night when the bees are not out and working. People just think we do it any time and kill them but this is not the case.
As a farmer we spray these chemicals early in a morning or late at night when the bees are not out and working. People just think we do it any time and kill them but this is not the case. Golden wonder
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5:57am Mon 28 Apr 14

anistasia says...

It's over 30 years ago since i worked on a farm chemicals have got more powerful over the years some so harmful now banned paraquat being one of them and sodium chlorite/chloride then some chemicals used in sheep dips were banned.farmers know the importance of bees but if products bought said harmful to bees then you have the choice to use the chemical or not so i'm not blaming the farmer because in the end its his livelyhood at stake in the end its the makers of these chemicals that need to do more.
It's over 30 years ago since i worked on a farm chemicals have got more powerful over the years some so harmful now banned paraquat being one of them and sodium chlorite/chloride then some chemicals used in sheep dips were banned.farmers know the importance of bees but if products bought said harmful to bees then you have the choice to use the chemical or not so i'm not blaming the farmer because in the end its his livelyhood at stake in the end its the makers of these chemicals that need to do more. anistasia
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