Saving bees and working for spray-free streets

The highlight of my year would have to be the success of our campaign to save bees. Bees work hard for us pollinating the crops we eat, but right now they need us to put in some effort on their behalf too. Many New Zealanders could be unwittingly using pesticides called neonicotinoids in their gardens that kill bees as well as the aphids, thrips and other pests they want to get rid of.

Neonicotinoids are present in some seed varieties as well, and because they are ‘systemic’ pesticides, they stay present in the plant as it grows, and affect the bees who pollinate them later in their life cycle. But I’m pleased to say that our campaign has brought more awareness around the use of these pesticides, and at the time of writing 3215 people have signed our petition urging the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to reassess the safety of neonicotinoids. We will keep asking retailers to stop selling neonictonoid sprays such as Yates Confidor and KiwiCare Plant Health Insect Hit, with the end goal of getting neonicotinoids off the shelves, and out of our environment.

Bees are also affected by the weedkiller glyphosate, another pesticide that I have been working hard to see off the shelves. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup – a very popular weedkiller that many people have in their garden sheds and use around their homes. Glyphosate has been linked to cancer and affects gut health as well as other effects to human health. It’s toxic to fish and other animals, and has even been implicated in cases of Parkinson’s disease. But our councils use it in public spaces like parks, playgrounds and street berms and verges. This not only puts council workers at risk, it’s putting our kids and animals as well as ourselves in glyphosate’s toxic path. I have been speaking at public meetings and joining with community groups who want to see alternative methods used to control weeds in our streets and parks, like hot water application, mulching, hand weeding, and non-toxic weedkillers. We’re going to launch another campaign and petition early in the New Year. I hope that you’ll join us in not only helping to save our bees, but get these toxins out of our environment for everyone’s health.


6 Comments Posted

  1. Bees is very helpful for us, We know, that bees can not any harm to people,We need to off throw medicine to bees, so we should take step to saving bee and i also support steffan browning post.

  2. With high-frequency radio affecting both humans and bees, it’s pleasing that laws have changed in Europe to remove legal responsablity from WLAN providers. This should reduce 3G smartphone usage, by increasing WLAN availability – just a minor victory for bees, but it’s a sign we’re re-finding a positive direction.

    Another small victory is this full moon, just three days past the annual apex – a fine day for spreading positive radionics. My Christmas ritual this year was spreading an energised silica water. This will influence the elementals positively and bring the bees out with a smile in the spring. Bjchip will wander why I walked clock-wise around the farm. This does have an archetypal significance which I can’t explain – Buddhist monks know better. They also honour their holy sites by walking around clockwise.

    Thinking positively of you guys back there. Love also to your farms and bees.

  3. Our beehives have woolen insulation between a double-wooden box casing. Doubles the costs of the hive, but the savings of the overwintering pays-back in just three years (maths depends on how you feed them, etc, but imagine a BD system that puts bee-health first. By putting the bees first, seems we have more honey 🙂 German climate, but this will be more effective than current-best-practice for anyone in the south island. Our regional BD group has a bee-man-super-nerd who has dug through all the old German beekeeping archives.

  4. No pesticides at my place . Flyswatters… and let anything that flowers and attracts bees continue to grow. Neighbors do the same. We seem to have a fair few bees around the place.

    It would be good if that could continue being true for a long time.

  5. Here’s a link for intellectuals who are still struggling to visualise positive change – a beautiful new world is arriving 🙂

    Looking back, it’s obvious to see that Soviet-Communism-and-all-that was a Western Capitalist project, financed by the banking cartels. While Russia is now half free from the grip of Washington/London, China is still struggling under the capitalist thumb of Rome. Revolutionary Reconstruction is the term I’m liking – but the title of this memo is just as beautiful.

    Post Capitalism – Rise of the Collaborative Commons

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