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‘Bees Love Organic’ is a Europe wide nature programme

'Bees Love Organic' is a Europe wide nature programme

'Bees Love Organic' is a Europe wide nature programme

There are a great many projects currently taking place in Europe which are going to encourage the bee population to thrive on the continent. One of these projects is Dutch cyclists who are travelling over 1000 kilometres, and on the way planting flower seeds in order to grow plants that will attract bees to the area.

In Germany, an organic wholesale company are distributing vast numbers of seeds across the country in order to promote organic flowers. In Sweden a similar initiative is taking place where, as part of the Youth Initiative Programme, young people are going out and planting seeds in meadows.

All of these efforts are part of ‘Bees Love Organic,’ this is a campaign which has recently been launched in order to promote the number of organic flowers throughout Europe, and therefore help bees. The campaign is also been designed to encourage people to purchase organic products.

Beekeepers and researchers are seeing the worldwide drop of bee populations with increasing worry. In a scientific publication from 2007, A.M. Klein estimated that 35% of global food crops depend on pollinators; of which bees are the most prominent.

So, statistically speaking, more than 2 billion people would have their existence immediately threatened, if the bees and other pollinators vanished off the earth. This spring, Science Magazine published two articles claiming that neonicotinoid pesticides are at least partly responsible for the infamous Colony Collapse Disorder.

Nature & More, a Dutch-based international distributor of organic fruits and vegetables with an estimated 100 Million USD turnover, decided to take positive action. Assisted by several environmental NGO’s, “The bees love organic ” campaign was established. One of its goals is to distribute 400,000 free bags of organic flower seeds for bees in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Sweden and the Czech Republic; which will create over 400.000 square meters of bee flower pasture.

In the Netherlands, a popular 1000 km long cycle track along farms and countryside called the “Potato trail” is being transformed into a “Bee  path”. More than a thousand consumers have already applied for the free flower seeds to sow along the track, like Olga from Amsterdam, who wrote: “What a great initiative! I love cycling and want to help save the bees from dying out. Please send me some of those seed bags.”

According to the “Bees love organic” campaign, bees have better survival chances with organic farming, not only because pesticides aren’t used, but also because organic farming increases biodiversity.

Nature & More founder Volkert Engelsman: “Since the ’90’s of last century we have been trying to get across that “organic” means much more than not using chemical inputs. Farmers in Asia, America and Europe who work with us, recognize that the future of agriculture must lie in teaming up with nature, instead of fighting it. The bees are our allies, so let’s support them.”

More info: enter “BEE” at www.natureandmore.com



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