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South African department of Agriculture

The ability to put food on our tables is under threat. 1 in every 3 bites of food that we consume daily, has been pollinated by bees and for this reason bees critical to our survival.
Bees are dying off at an alarming rate and we need to act before it is too late, and fresh produce is a luxury that only the elite can afford.

Bees pollinate 75 of the 100 crops that we consume daily, but bees are dying off in millions. The demise of bees is due to a phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder” the cause of which was a mystery for many years. It is however now known that a toxic insecticide called Neonicotinoid is to blame.

Commercial farmers spend more than R25 billion on this insecticide yearly. Neonicotinoids are taken up by the plant and transported to all organs, including the flower. The toxin attacks the nervous system of insects exposed to them via the plant, thus resulting in their death. Bees come in contact with this insecticide while collecting pollen – bees must tap 200 flowers to make 1 drop of honey- or via drinking water contaminated with the insecticide. The bees then bring that toxin into their colonies, these toxins accumulate and when concentrations high enough, cause convulsions, paralysis in bees and can kill off the whole colony in one foul swoop.

With staggering statistics showing that there has been a 26% decline in bees throughout the world, we need to act fast.
The European Union has already banned neonicotinoids, and it is now time for South Africa to follow suit. We are calling on the South African Department of Agriculture to implement an immediate ban on neonicotinoid before it is too late.

A world without bees is a world of suffering for us all. Join me in asking the South African department of Agriculture to ban the manufacturing and use of neonicotinoids.

Signed,

Marissa Niekerk

This petition closed 11 months ago

How this will help

By calling for the immediate ban on the manufacture and use of neonicotinoids, we have a chance to restore the lost bee population before they become extinct and our food supply comes to a halt. 

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