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вторник, 14 мая 2013 г.

UK-BEE PROTEST



UK-BEE PROTEST
Source Reuters
Fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett join bee campaigners in London
to urge Britain to support a European Union (EU) ban on pesticides which harm bees.
STORY:
Top British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett joined bee
campaigners on Parliament Square in London to urge the government to support a proposed
European Union ban on pesticides which harm bees.
Britain is currently blocking attempts to introduce a Europe-wide ban on the world's most widely
used insecticides, arguing their impact on bees is unclear.
Both Britain and Germany were in the minority in abstaining from a vote earlier this year.
Hamnett questioned whether this is because two major pesticide companies, Germany's Bayer
and Swiss company Syngenta, which has operations in the UK, are lobbying against the ban.
KATHARINE HAMNETT
FASHION DESIGNER
"If there's any chance that they're killing the bees as a precautionary measure they need to be
banned. And the British government is committing political suicide I think by not supporting this
ban, I mean we've even got Bulgaria supporting this for Christ’s sake.” So what's wrong with
them you know? Are they in bed with Syngenta or Bayer or are they just stupid?"
The fashion duo handed in a petition to Downing Street which urges the government to put
environmental concerns ahead of pressure from the agribusiness lobby.
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
FASHION DESIGNER
"We're being told how we're all going to die, how we're going to have starvation, killing each
other, total chaos, floods and nobody will be able to help anybody because we'll all be in this
terrible state. And why don't we try and stop it? That is what I want to know. “And why is
government supporting big business because it doesn't help people at all, what is good for the
planet is good for the economy, not what is good for big business is good for the economy and
this is what our problem is."
Bees are currently suffering a sharp decline and colony collapse, due to a variety of reasons.
Bees are crucial for the planet as they perform a vital role in pollinating crops. Campaigners say
if bees disappear there will be catastrophic effects on the world.

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