bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Last hurrah!

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) may have been eclipsed by Paisley's DUP party in Northern Irish politics, but they are still up to making statements about bees! I think I should quote the spokesman in full as it may be the last you ever hear of the party:

Ulster Unionist environment spokesman Sam Gardiner called on all gardeners to grow more traditional local plants “to help reverse the decline in the bee population”.

“Bees perform a vital role in the pollination of plants and are vital to eco-systems. Without bees, many native species of plants will disappear and this will have a knock-on effect on other species,” he said.

“Many crops depend on bees for pollination and some, such as broad, field and runner beans are heavily dependent on them. Without the insects there would be little or no crop to harvest.”


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