The representatives of the 27 member states, meeting in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, failed to reach a qualified majority in favour a proposal for a ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) on crops attractive to honeybees.
More and more it seems that member states are puppets of the big corporations and have shown not enough concern about the environment we all depend upon. I have come to the conclusion that governments are not there to serve the citizens of Europe but to serve the big corporations. I may be wrong, but I feel that way.
Now it is down to us, consumers: Do not buy pesticides for your garden, there are alternatives available. Also, buy organic as much as you can. Some people said: “Yes, If I had the money, I would” but why not start with a few organic products or why not grow your own food? An apple tree is great to start with for example. Too often, I hear individuals say: “Ah, what difference does it make”. True, one individual does not make a difference but thousands of them do! With each bag of organically grown apples you buy, you vote with your wallet and this will result in a higher demand for organic apples and retailers will pick up that signal and start growing them.
Make a difference, for the bees, for the flowers that depend on bees and for ourselves as we humans are part of this beautiful, magnificent Web of Life. I believe in leaving this world a better place and buying organic is a good starting point.