Honey Bee Health at Risk!
An Economic and Ecological Disaster in the making!
Honey bees don't just produce honey but play a vital role in pollinating
plants for food and other crops, making a substantial contribution of £165
million per annum to agricultural output. They also have an important
environmental role, being responsible for pollinating wild plants which produce
seeds and fruits on which birds and wild animals depend. Honey bees can become
sick and colonies die-out. In recent years, bees have come under ever greater
threat from pests and diseases which we don't fully understand or against
which the treatments available are ineffective. Increased beekeeping research
is thus essential if we are to find answers and be able to protect our bees
and the benefits they bring to everyone.
The Government has refused to increase the paltry £200,000 it currently
puts into bee health research despite acknowledging the fact that if we don't
act we may lose our honey bees and their massive contribution to agriculture
and the environment. There are virtually no wild honey bees left due to the
effects of the parasitic varroa mite and the viruses it carries, and for
which to date, there is no cure. Beekeepers are now the sole guardians of
the honey bee population in the UK. The British Bee Keepers Association is
campaigning to get the Government to change its mind and increase research
funding, so that we can protect our honey bees, before it's too late.
Honey bees contribute £165 million pa to the agricultural economy
The Government spends just £200,300pa on bee health research
The varroa mite is destroying bee colonies and is resistant to most approved
Foul brood diseases are ever present and require constant monitoring and
New exotic threats such as the small hive beetle are expected in the UK anytime.
Colony Collapse Disorder responsible for massive losses in the USA may emerge
We don't know enough about bee disease control and the medicines available
What do we want:
The Government to invest just £1.6 million pa In reseanch to help find
What can you do:
Sign the BBKA Public Petition
Get your friends to sign the Petition (Copies fnom BBKA)
Write to your MP (MP's Name- House of Commons, London SW1AA 0AA)
Write to Defra (Lord Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Farming & Food,
Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London S0W1P 3JR)
Save our Bees - Increase Bee Health Research!