Save the Bees
Green Party food spokesperson Sue Kedgley recently tabled a 6500 signature petition in Parliament which called on the government to take urgent steps to ensure our honeybees do not suffer from mass die-offs, as is occurring overseas. In Europe, asia and the United States bees are disappearing in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. It is thought to result from toxic pesticides, parasitic mites, diseases and poor nutrition. “We are calling on the government to suspend the use of a group of pesticides known as neo-nicotinoids that are highly toxic to bees and are implicated in bee deaths around the world,” said Kedgley. “These pesticides are widely used in New Zealand as sprays and to coat seeds such as squash, rye grass and corn.
Of the 100 crops that globally provide more than 90 percent of humanity’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.
The Green Party is also calling on the Government to abandon its plans to allow Australian honey to be imported into New Zealand, as they say it could bring in diseases disastrous for our bees.