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Beekeepers march on Parliament to save hive populations

Posted by smeddum on November 5, 2008

Beekeepers march on Parliament to save hive populations
By Matthew Moore Telegraph

In a move reminiscent of the surreal novels that came out of the oppression of the Stalin era, research is being demanded while undiscussed research is being ignored. The investigation into the effect of EMF on bees has constantly been scoffed at by referral to one report in the Independent whereby Dr Kuhn’s “hint” statement had to be withdrawn as it was not scientific. Meanwhile Dr Warnke’s yet to be refuted research is not even getting a hint of a mention.

Hundreds of beekeepers are to march through the centre of London to call for more funding for research into diseases that are devastating bee populations.

The British honey bee could disappear completely within 10 years – prompting an “economic and ecological disaster” – unless something is done, the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) has warned.

Demonstrators will present a petition to Downing Street calling for the Government to fund £8 million of research into bee diseases and health.

Disease has already killed off wild bees from many parts of the country and there are fears that colonies maintained by the 44,000 mostly amateur beekeepers in Britain may also be wiped out.

As well as producing honey, bees pollinate fruit and vegetable crops, contributing £165 million a year to the British economy, the BBKA claims.

Earlier this year, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Welsh Assembly announced proposals to protect honey bees in England and Wales, but campaigners say that the Government is not taking the problem as seriously as other countries.

A mystery syndrome called colony collapse disease – a disease in which disoriented bees fly out of the hive and don’t return – has hit US beekeepers, prompting Washington to invest £40m on research into the problem. CCD has not yet his Britain, but beekeepers believe it is only a matter of time.

There are between 200-300 commercial beekeepers in the UK and around 44,000 who keep bees purely as a hobby.

2 Responses to “Beekeepers march on Parliament to save hive populations”

  1. inthesenewtimes said

    A bizarre little article designed to subdue public fears.
    In an age which knows no tomorrow ten years is almost an eternity: why not just point out that bees are scarcely to be seen anymore along with a whole range of other insects?
    Then we have an “ecological and economic disaster” which costs us only £165 million a year- our bankers don’t get out of bed for that!
    Then to cap it all the thoroughly mendacious claim that “CCD has not yet hit Britain”. Readers of this blog will know that that is nonsense as do the beekeepers themselves.

  2. inthesenewtimes said

    According to an article from May last year in the IoS, their previous articles on the effects of EM radiation on children and bees had lead the government to reexamine the issue.

    So, at some point, there has been official recognition of a potential problem with EM. Have the beekeepers or anyone else pressed the government for details of the progress of this review?

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