Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Save the Bees!

Doubtless you are, to some extent, aware of the Save the Bees campaign.  In my vague, well meaning way, I knew that bees are important, they were being harmed and there was something to be done about it.  I signed a petition.  Thanks to the good people at the EJF (Environmental Justice Foundation), I am now somewhat more informed. 

The situation is approximately this; by UN estimates that bees pollinate 71% of the most common crops grown for 90% of food across 146 countries.  Due to the use of toxic pesticides and environmental factors, there has been a drastic decrease in bee population.  You can see the problem, if the bees go, it won't just be honey that disappears from the supermarket shelves.

The solution is something like this; a two year ban on harmful pesticides, neonicotinoids, is now in place, thanks to campaigning, which is a jolly good start.  The EJF is now investing in woodland, which will provide much-needed habitat for bees and other insect pollinators.  Great.

Bee Shirt 

Along with pioneering eco-brand Rapanui, the EJF have produced a t-shirt to raise awareness and money to support the campaign. These t-shirts are produced in a wind-powered Fair Wear Foundation member factory, from 100% organic cotton and printed with phthalate-free inks.  And this is British actor Jason Flemyng (you'll have seen him in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) showing his support for the bees.

Jason Flemyng wears Rapanui

If you want to find out more about the Save the Bees campaign and the extensive work the EJF does, or get your hands on one of the t-shirts, check out their website or visit their pop-up shop this summer at 20 Fouberts Place, Soho, W1F 7PL.

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