LETTER: Threats to bees

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I am not only planting bee-friendly seeds for this summer but am planning attending a course on providing homes for bees.

xIf bee numbers decline significantly, this will have long-term catastrophic effects on the nature here in the UK. Right from infant school days we learn about the birds and the bees. They are an essential part of our every day life. Many people think of bees simply as a summertime nuisance.

But these small and hard-working insects actually make it possible for many of your favourite foods to reach your table. From apples to almonds to the pumpkin in our pumpkin pies, we have bees to thank. Now, a condition known as Colony Collapse Disorder is causing bee populations to plummet, which means these foods are also at risk. In the United States alone, more than 25 percent of the managed honey bee population has disappeared since 1990. Bees are one of a myriad of other animals, including birds, bats, beetles, and butterflies, called pollinators. Pollinators transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world’s crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants—including food crops— would die off.

Therefore it is essential NOT to lift the ban on bee-killing pesticides (this year or any other year).

Lorette Holborn

Crawley

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