12:01am 19th November 2011
Yorkshire Euro MP Diana Wallis has voted in favour of a co-ordinated EU strategy to secure a healthy honeybee population and tackle challenges in the beekeeping sector.
Recent increases in bee mortality and a declining number of beekeepers across Europe could threaten food production and security, environmental sustainability and biodiversity if left unchecked.
An estimated 84% of plant species and 76% of food production in Europe are dependent on pollination by bees.
Highlighting the mutual dependency of beekeeping and biodiversity, Diana Wallis Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber, who has worked closely with the region's bee keepers, has called for increased funding for honeybee-health related research, in particular in veterinary medical products, and better information sharing and training for beekeepers across the EU.
"The first step to tackle the problem of Europe's disappearing bees is to start collecting reliable data and improve research into current bee health problems and provide incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to develop new medicines for bees.
"As such, we need co-ordinated action across Europe in the field of research, information sharing, veterinary treatment, and the recruitment and training of young beekeepers."
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