To: Federal Environment minister,

Ban the use of bee killing pesticides

Dear Minister,

We are asking that you immediately ban the use of Imidacloprid and other neonicotinoids that are are currently being used as an insecticide in Australia.

Why is this important?

Bees are a vital part of human food production. Aside from honey and other products they produce, they are critical in the pollination of almost all other food crops — from fruit and nut trees to vegetables and oil seed crops.

Worldwide, bees hives are disappearing. North America and Europe have experienced over 50 per cent declines in bee numbers over the past 30 year. This reduction affects wild hives and in domesticated hives has been dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Neonicotinoids have been strongly implicated by recent studies as a contributor to CCD in the USA and Britain. They are not widely used (yet) in Australia, but beekeepers across the country are increasingly worried about their commercial and home use.

The equation is simple. No bees, no people. We need to do everything we can to give Australian bees a fighting chance.

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Reasons for signing

  • This is so important. We've just found out that there has been a 75% decline in insect biomass in Europe. We need to act now or the cascade will begin.
  • Bees are also very sensitive to viruses and being an apiarist is a stressful job, but such an important one. It shouldn't be so hard. All for bucks for Monsanto. Shame, humanity, shame. We were supposed to be getting cleverer.
  • No bee's no food, simple as that......