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MP Concerned Of Pesticide Effect On Bee Population

Tuesday May 7 2013


Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP


SCORES of people have been contacting MP Dan Jarvis with concerns about the effects of pesticides on the bee population.

Mr Jarvis said bees were vital to the food chain as they pollinate the majority of fruit and vegetables.

Without bees, costs for farmers would lead to higher food prices.

Some experts claim that if the crops and plants which bees pollinate were unable to reproduce and became extinct, it could lead to the disappearance of certain food chains.

Mr Jarvis said: "You'd be surprised how many people have contacted me about the bee population.

"People understand they're an integral part of our eco system and scores of Barnsley people have written to me to express their concerns about the bee population."

Mr Jarvis said he would be raising the matter in Parliament and would be writing to ministers to see what could be done to address such concerns.

He added: "The concern is if you lose a significant amount of bees, it would cause a knock-on effect on our eco system - there is a clear link. There's a very famous quote the goes along the lines of 'if bees die out the whole world will come to an end'. That's a bit alarmist but I am concerned."

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Reply Posted by AHR on Tuesday May 7 2013 at 15:50
Thank you Mr Jarvis for expressing yours and our concerns over this matter.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday May 7 2013 at 17:22
Nothing to do with cheap nicotinoid fertilizers then?

Reply Posted by Alan Jones on Saturday May 11 2013 at 22:10
There are a lot of green issues that politicians talk about and do nothing. Lets hope they act for once. Do your best to get it across Mr. Jarvis

Reply Posted by Tom on Sunday May 12 2013 at 00:06
I've recently got an 'allotment'. It isn't full size, so really it is a part allotment (and should be of lower rent), I would like a full size one to grow more, and have considered keeping bees (for this I would need more space). I am growing organically. The variety of plants and thus pollen is surely good for bees, for pollen is their main source of food.

Large scale farming is not land productive, in terms of food production, although it is very labour efficient with a combine harvester and cheap oil. There is not much variety of crops on large farms, often the same crop is grown over a large area.

If I were to eat the same thing every day and nothing else - homemade, non fortified bread for example I would miss out on certain trace elements, and nutrients that are vital for life.

It doesn't take a leap of imagination to imagine that bees also need a varied diet in order to gain all trace elements and nutrients vital for their life cycle. Rather than just the pollen of rapeseed for example.

So I reckon we need to have a greater variety of food sources for bees, more variety of crops on farms, more allotments...

Considering farmers use pesticides and require government subsidy to grow food and plant trees, and would require subsidy to make their land more bee friendly, and that there are people on allotment waiting lists, and people with part allotments instead of full ones who would grow organically a variety of crops and pay for the privilege of doing so.

Then perhaps it would make sense to rent our communal land to people to grow food, help bees and generate income for the local community to be spent in the local community. In other words, create more allotments.

Reply Posted by Tom on Sunday May 12 2013 at 00:11
A practical thing we can do to help bees, is plant wildflowers, you can get seed in town for £1.50 enough to cover 10m^2, probably even cheaper if you look around. You can plant in pots or on local neglected land (after tidying it up). I planted some two days since, be careful when tidying up neglected land though, wear two pairs of gloves at least, I came across quite a few discarded needles.