Flintshire MPs Create a Buzz about Bee Decline

David_HansonMark_Tami_bee_cause_1Flintshire MPs David Hanson and Mark Tami joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth today to draw attention to the alarming decline in UK bee numbers.

Mark and David were two of more than 160 MPs to show their support for Britain’s threatened bees. Last year Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees.

 Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.

 A study last year found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand – which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and veg, to rocket.

 David Hanson MP said: “People might not immediately think of bee decline as a crucial issue, but we know that the survival of bees is crucial to the success of our farming, meaning any decline in bees could have a direct impact on the food on our tables and the money in our pockets.  So I’m pleased to be part of this campaign and will be doing all I can to help.”

 Mark Tami MP said: “I am extremely concerned about the rapid decline in British Bees. They’re not only an iconic part of our countryside; they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too. I’ll be doing what I can to help protect our bees in 2013 and ensure food and farming prices stay low”.

 Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said: “I’m delighted David and Mark are showing their support for Britain’s threatened bees – they are under severe threat and need all the support they can get.

 “People up and down the country can help by creating bee-friendly gardens and habitats to enable bees to thrive, but it is vital that the Government does its bit too by introducing a National Bee Action Plan.”