A while back I published an article about a Haagen Dazs campaign for the bees of United States. Well, since then the bee problem has spread to the rest of the world, and while the phenomenon seems to be in decline in America according to Time Magazine, it has become a problem Europe has to reckon with.
UPDATE: Worldwide declines in bee colonies, threatening much of global agriculture, may be caused by a new generation of nerve-agent pesticides, two new scientific studies strongly suggest. The findings place a massive question mark over the increasingly controversial compounds, now the fastest growing family of insecticides in the world. Read more on independent.co.uk.
In England the government states that there is was a drop of 54% in England honey bee colonies over the last 20 years. The chairman of the London Beekeepers’ Association John Chapple was quoted in the Guardian (2010) as saying that out of its 150 members in the capital, they lost between a fifth and a quarter of their colonies. Following American bees, London’s bees seem to be in trouble as well.
And so, this brings us to the topic of today’s post. Capital Growth is a UK campaign that picks up from where Haagen Dazs left off, with a series of funny, yet eloquent videos, a program to create 2,012 new food growing spaces in London by the end of 2012 and a series of ideas about how anyone can help the ever declining bee population. They’re not country specific, so have a read!
As for me, this reinforces my decision to shift gradually toward an organic diet – also great to avoid animal cruelty associated with factory farming. I digress, but this is a topic very close to my heart.