29 May 2012

Is the sight of a bee in our gardens and fields becoming
increasingly rare?
Sir, The humming of insects in the countryside over the past 50 years has been
drowned out by human activity reflecting the 12 million population increase
over the same period
!ur insatiable desire for cheap food has had a detrimental effect on the level
of humming " none more than the effect of insecticides called neonicotinoids
on honeybees #hile some pesticides may, unfortunately, be vital to sustain
and increase food production $unless we e%plore &M further', more
government research is re(uired on the long)term effects of these pesticides
on invertebrates that are vital to pollinating our very own food producing
crops
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-bergavenny, Monmouthshire
Consumerism is to blame for our
silent spring
9 .une 200/
Sir, #ithout cultivating the land, many species wouldn0t be in the 12 in the
first place 3ow can we e%plain the resurgence of the cirl bunting, after
farming practice was blamed for its decline, with the present collapse of the
corn bunting4 5oth favour the same habitat, which is sub6ect to environmental
support under the newly reformed single farm payment scheme
-griculture was blamed for the decline of the house sparrow, but a
government report moots the idea that the introduction of unleaded petrol
brought on a decline in urban sparrow populations due to reduced insect
numbers during the breeding season
The countryside is far from ruined and many farmers realise that they must
sustain it as a living entity
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