11 Apr '12, 2pm

Losing bees would cost us £1.8bn a year: Bees give us most of our fave fruit and veg

Losing bees would cost us £1.8bn a year11 April 2012 It would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees. The figure comes from research by the University of Reading - just as Friends of the Earth launches The Bee Cause . The campaign is a call to save one of our most important native insects. Wild honey bees are nearly extinct in Britain and solitary bees are declining in more than half study areas. Campaign launch With a dramatic launch in the heart of London, Friends of the Earth is raising awareness of the plight of our bees. We're pushing for the Government to adopt a National Bee Action Plan . Unless we halt the decline in British bees our farmers will have to rely on hand pollination, which will send food prices rocketing. Paul de Zylva, Nature Campaigner, Friends of the Earth £1.8bn is what it costs to produce milk every year for UK co...

Full article: http://www.foe.co.uk/news/bee_loss_billions_35512.html

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