British bees die, no money for research

This video from the USA is called Honey Bee Mystery.

From British daily The Independent:

Beekeepers protest over hive deaths

More money for research demanded as disease, mites and weather wipe out insects

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

In top-to-toe white outfits with distinctive veiled hoods, they do not look like the usual kind of protesters to march on Downing Street.

But today Britain’s beekeepers will stride down Whitehall to demand government action to halt the alarming decline in honey bee numbers seen over the last year.

Two billion bees – one in three of Britain’s honey bee colonies – have been lost over the past 12 months, in the worst losses ever seen in the UK. Yet the causes are unclear, and the apiarists fear there is nothing to prevent a similar devastation this winter – but the Government, they say, is letting it happen.

Hundreds of members of the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) from all over the country will deliver a petition to No 10 signed by more than 140,000 members of the public, calling for an immediate increase in research funding – from what the BBKA terms the “paltry” £200,000 currently spent annually on bee health research, to £1.6m annually for the next five years.

The association claims that pollination by bees would be worth £825m to the agricultural economy over the same period, and says they are asking for less than 1 per cent of that. But the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says that it cannot afford it.

“The increased funding we are asking for is a drop in the ocean compared to the billions of pounds the government has found for bank bailouts,” said Tim Lovett, the BBKA president.

Indeed. It is also a drop in the ocean compared to the billions of pounds the government has found for war in Iraq; war in Afghanistan; etc.

See also here.

New Clues in the Mass Death of Bees: here. And here.

Bees were kept during Roman times for honey. Bee keeping is similar in modern times with every intention of keeping the bees alive and healthy: here.

Sarah Palin and US fruitfly research: here.

Insecticide! (An ecological disaster that will affect us all): here.

US to ban toxic insecticide Endosulfan: here.

4 thoughts on “British bees die, no money for research

  1. UN: We will ban endosulfan

    United Nations: A UN science panel has urged governments to ban the widely used pesticide endosulfan because it could cause nerve damage to humans and wildlife.

    The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee want endosulfan phased out of use.

    Governments will decide whether to follow the recommendations at an April 2011 meeting of signatories to the Stockholm Convention.


  2. Supreme Court bans pesticide

    INDIA: The Supreme Court temporarily banned the production and sale of a pesticide on Saturday after activists in Kerala filed a petition citing an increase in deaths and birth deformities near where it is used.

    Endosulfan causes nerve damage and is banned in 80 countries, while others have announced phase-outs over the next few years.

    India produces about seven tenths of the world’s supply.

    The court ordered a two-month ban and an expert report within eight weeks on how the pesticide affects people and the environment.


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