The Co-operative are very excited to be supporting the release of a new film exploring the causes behind the worrying decline in bees populations across the world. The release of Vanishing of the Bees on the 9th October follows two years of media speculation as to what could be causing bees to die in such large numbers. Pests, disease, lack of nutrition, poor weather, pesticides and even mobile phones have been blamed. In truth no one is really sure what is happening to the bees and more research is needed to go along with the growing media interest in the phenomenon:
The Co-operative's support for this film is just a small part of the action it is taking as part of its Plan Bee campaign, a ten point plan to help reverse the decline in the number of bees in the UK. Launched in January 2009, Plan Bee is a 10 point action plan which focuses on:
Action on pesticides - including the prohibition of the use of a group of pesticides linked to bee declines in Europe on own-brand fresh and frozen produce.
Research - The Co-operative has made the largest private donation to date to bee research of £150,000.
Action on our farms - we now have over 500 hives on our farms and are trialing wildflower seed mixes to attract bees to our farms.
Inspiring individuals - to make a difference in their own gardens for example by planting wildflowers to provide essential nutrition for bees.
As part of the launch of Plan Bee, The Co-operative previewed an extract of Vanishing of the Bees to our members, they found it compelling and we hope that you will too.
"Fascinating and frightening. The more people that see this, the better." - Co-operative member
Naomi Davies, Plan Bee Campaign Manager, The Co-operative