At biene er i ferd med å dø ut, er et tegn på at en global katastrofe er på gang. Biene har ikke bare en viktig jobb å gjøre når det gjelder å opprettholde vår verden slik vi kjenner den i dag – men er også et sikkert tegn på at kjemikalier som brukes forårsaker større skader enn de er ment å hindre – også naturlige pestfiender drepes av kjemikalier med det resultat at det pøses på mer gift enn tillatt. Og selvsagt er disse kjemikaliene skadelig også for oss mennesker – se linker under. Som vanlig er det store sterke pengestyrte firmaer som står bak og hindrer at galskapen stoppes. Skal vi la dette fortsette?
Dramatisk. Bier er sårbare overfor endringer i naturen. Kartlegging av utbredelse og forekomst av bier og humler i Norge har vist en dramatisk tilbakegang, og noen arter synes å ha forsvunnet fra Norge. En studie gjort mellom 1990 og 2010 viser stor tilbakegang for fire av åtte studerte humlearter i USA. I løpet av denne perioden hadde populasjonen sunket med opptil 96 %. Noe lignende har skjedd i Europa.
Bier regnes som våre viktigste blomsterbestøvere, uten bier vil verden endres drastisk – og vi snakker ikke bare blomster, vi snakker om hele økosystemet; natur, matforsyninger og klima. Mangelen på kunnskap om bienes utbredelse og krav til habitat er bekymringsverdig lav. Nå kan du være med å gjøre ditt – støtt Avaaz med å samle inn nok til å finansiere selvstendige studier som kan parkere giftprodusentenes egenproduserte «informasjon» en gang for alle.
Right now, billions of bees are dying. Already, there are nowhere near enough honeybees in Europe to pollinate the crops, and in California — the biggest food producer in the US — beekeepers are losing 40% of their bees each year.
We’re in the middle of an environmental holocaust that threatens all of us, because without pollination by bees, most plants and ⅓ of our food supply are gone.
Most scientists agree pesticides are to blame, and say we`re using way, way more pesticides on our crops than we need. But pesticide companies are funding junk science that gives politicians an excuse to delay taking action. If enough of us pledge, we could launch a people-powered, totally independent study that finally challenges big pharma.
Scientific studies are expensive. Avaaz may be the only crowdsourced funding model in the world able to raise enough to fund the world’s first large scale, grass-roots supported, totally independent study of what’s killing our bees, that decisively challenges the junk science of big pharma. The need is urgent, and if we can’t do this, it’s not clear who can. Let’s see if we can raise a massive fund to save our bees.
We`re running out of time. A new study has revealed the scary truth: in more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops. In the UK, the honeybee population is only a quarter of what is actually needed for pollination — and although other kinds of bees are stepping in to fill the honeybee void, we`ll likely start losing them too if we keep loading our crops down with pesticides.
More harm than good. In the 70 years since pesticides were introduced, we’ve learned that some of them do more harm than good when it comes to cultivating our food because they kill off the natural enemies of pests. Worse still, over time many pests become immune to pesticides, forcing farmers to use more and more deadly chemicals — often poisoning themselves in the process.
Everyone from official government agencies to scientists agree that one group of widely-used pesticides called neonicotinoids is killing bees. But chemical giants like Bayer and their supporters continue to argue against regulation of their products, presenting self-funded research they claim show pesticides aren’t necessarily responsible for the bees, deadly decline. And it’s working — in the United States, the newest battleground for the ban on deadly pesticides, the government says there is not yet enough evidence to justify a ban. If we lose in the US, Europe could follow suit and lift their own temporary hold on these dangerous chemicals.
It`s time to end the debate once and for all. When enough of us pledge, Avaaz will fund research by highly-respected scientists to fill critical gaps in knowledge. Then, we can join beekeepers and local advocacy organisations in a massive global offensive to save the bees by fueling strategies like:
- Organising a media tour with our giant Bernie the bee to ensure the research shows up in the world`s biggest media outlets.
- Funding public opinion polls in key agricultural countries to smash the claim that farming communities can`t survive without bee-killing chemicals.
- Going after retailers to take the deadly pesticides off their shelves. It`s already happening in Europe, but we`ll get supermarkets and garden centres around the globe to follow suit.
- Campaigning hard to get a game-changing anti-pesticides bill that has been lounging in the US congress passed once and for all.
- Naming and shaming those pushing the bee-killing pesticides by running hard-hitting billboard and newspaper ads.
- Taking legal action to stop government agencies that have approved neonicotinoid pesticides, despite evidence proving they are toxic to bees and a host of other beneficial creatures.
The bees are up against a well-oiled, resource rich machine that will do whatever it takes to ensure the profits of chemical companies and big agriculture don`t take a hit. Pledge now to support a massive effort to save the bees — Avaaz will only process donations if we raise enough to make a difference:
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Standing together – it works. If the bees die out, the world we hand off to our grandchildren will look very different – apples and almonds could become exotic foods in our supermarkets. But we`re making incredible progress in the fight to protect our precious pollinators: last year 2.4 million Avaaz members were part of a massive movement in Europe that convinced the EU Parliament to place a 2-year ban on the worst bee-killing chemicals. If our movement joins forces now to clear up the false debate that`s stalling our legislators, we could win urgently-needed pesticide bans all over the world and end the chemical war on bees once and for all!
With hope and determination, Ricken, Mia, Emma, Allison, Christoph, Mais, Emily, Ian, Jeremy and the whole Avaaz team.
Pesticides ‘making bees smaller’ (The Guardian)
Pesticide Lobby Spends Millions To Defend Chemicals Tied To Bee Deaths (Huffington Post)
Warning Signs: How Pesticides Harm the Young Brain (The Nation)
At biene dør ut er altså et tegn på at verden forgiftes av pengesterke giftprodusenter – skal vi lukke øyne, eller skal vi prøve å gjøre noe med det? Jeg har valgt det siste og håper du gjør det samme. Klikk her for å støtte forskning. Og så kan vi jo alltids velge økologisk, jeg skal begynne med det nå, se her hvorfor.
Trude Helén Hole, New Spirit