Neonicotinomide, The Bee Slayer

NFlower Abstract 03 +Beeearly a third of our world’s crops are dependent upon honeybee pollination. Without them, we would have no fruits, vegetables, nuts, or seeds; scarcity of beef or dairy products due to alfalfa crops dying out; no seed oils and, obviously, no honey. We would have to live on a diet of pork and staple grains that depend on wind pollination, such as wheat, rice, and corn.

In 2013, the European Union banned the use of neonicotinomide insecticides on crops for three years due to research linking it to increased bee mortality. Despite this ruling, in the UK the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta is seeking emergency exemption to use this lethal chemical on our fields.

What the hell are they thinking? Haven’t they read the research?

When you have time, do take a look at these articles, and return here with your thoughts and opinions after.

What Our World Would Look Like Without Honeybees

Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoids to Honey Bee Viruses

A Global Citizens Report against Big Ag, Big Pharma & Government

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Protest haiku #1

wooden turkey

Not on the menu,
she stands alone in protest —
a wooden turkey.

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February might seem a strange time to write a protest haiku about turkey welfare, but Christmas and Thanksgiving aren’t the only times people eat the meat from these birds. As I post this haiku, there are billions ofย  turkeys undergoing the torture of factory farming. This happens 365 days a year.

Below are some links to “Compassion in World Farming” and “mscpa angell” — organisations which expose the horrors of this industry and look at ways to improve animal welfare.

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/turkey_farming/turkey_farming_in_the_uk.aspx

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/turkey_farming/christmas_turkeys.aspx

http://www.mspca.org/programs/animal-protection-legislation/animal-welfare/farm-animal-welfare/factory-farming/turkeys/turkeys-on-a-factory-farm.html