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Lichfield MP helps to create a buzz around issue of declining bee numbers

Lichfield’s MP has helped create a buzz around a campaign to raise awareness of the declining number of British bees.

Campaigners from Friends of the Earth brought Michael Fabricant up to speed with the issue earlier this week, highlighting how food prices could rocket if the bee population continues to fall.

Michael Fabricant meets a Friends of the Earth bee

Michael Fabricant meets a Friends of the Earth bee

“Bee numbers in Britain have fallen dramatically in recent years,” the MP explained. “Bees and other insects help pollinate over 75 per cent of our plants, which in turn are vital to other insects, birds and animals and to our food supply.

“But two bumblebee species are already extinct. And scientific evidence confirms that declining bee numbers will impact significantly on the UK’s farming sector, food prices and security, and the quality of the British countryside.

“I do not want to see Staffordshire Honey being a thing of the past.”

A study last year found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand.

Mr Fabricant added: “British Bees are not only an iconic part of our countryside – they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too. It’s great news that Friends of the Earth is creating a buzz about these crucially important insects.”

Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins added: “I’m delighted Michael Fabricant MP is showing support for Britain’s threatened bees – they are under severe threat and need all the support they can get.

“People up and down the country can help by creating bee-friendly gardens and habitats to enable bees to thrive.”

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