Guest Blog Post: Save the bees and the farmers by Stella, oh, Stella

Thank you, Freeimages, for this bee-utiful photo!

Bees — including the tiny not-so-flamboyant ones easily mistaken for pests — need global support. The most important step is to minimize poison in our lawns, gardens, and farms.

Here Birgit of Germany, who blogs from Denmark at Stella, oh, Stella and has been our guest here and here, tells us about the bee-utiful activism of India’s lauded environmentalist Vandana Shiva — which we can all learn from, wherever we live…

Vandana Shiva: photo by Elke Wetzig (Elya) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

“Save the bees and the farmers: Vandana Shiva becomes protectress of this citizens‘ initiative” by Stella, oh, Stella

The European citizens‘ initiative, “Save bees and farmers,“ just got prominent support!

The winner of the alternative Nobel Prize, Vandana Shiva, has officially assumed patronage of the initiative. We are calling for a gradual EU-wide ban on chemical-synthetic pesticides, measures for the recovery of biodiversity, and an EU agricultural policy that supports farmers in sustainable farming.

During her lecture tour through Bavaria, the Indian scientist and seed activist publicly declared her support for the campaign:

“If we don’t save the bees and insects, the farmers will also be lost. But we are also fighting for our next generation with the initiative. With great pleasure, I, as a godmother, will make an active contribution to making the European Citizens‘ Initiative a wake-up call to politicians in Europe to finally be consistent and courageous. “

Europeans — join Vandana Shiva by signing the European Citizens‘ Initiative now. Almost 160,000 people have participated. If we can collect a million votes across Europe by the end of September 2020, the EU Commission is legally obliged to deal with our demands. Can you help us save bees and farmers?

Everyone else — please do what you can to protect, to educate, and to get the word out!

How important do you think it is to protect bees?

48 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: Save the bees and the farmers by Stella, oh, Stella

  1. Without bees, we’re toast… I understand 70% or more of pollinization is done by bees. No bees, no pollinization, no plant reproduction. In a year humanity will starve to death…
    And our whacko politicians? Eliminating half the remaining parking spaces in Paris to put bicyle lanes on all trees. As a reminder, it rains about six months a year in Paris. Wanna take your bike when it’s raining cats and dogs?
    Sorry for the rant. Politicians worldwide are driving me crazy… 😝

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  2. Save the bees please! I know someone who is a beekeeper and loves it. Where I recently lived we had a swarm of 🐝 around my home. I don’t know why I was a bit scared- hoping they wouldn’t sting me but I learned a lot about them thru the beekeeper.

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  3. I only saw a handful of European honeybees last year. But the native bees were everywhere. That makes me think that it’s got more to do with a disease in my area that the native bees are immune to. But one of my friends is running for Commissioner of Agriculture in West Virginia and if we win then I have no doubt that he’ll focus on bee habitat.

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  4. Never chemicals. We let our dandelions grow, as they are the earliest pollen in our lawn. We planted two patches of native grasses and native flowers. Ground bees returned to nearby our home’s entryway. We did not spray them or harm them. We just warned guests, and nobody got stung.

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