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The birds, the bees and the Dutch

To Members of Parliament:

Bees are essential to our food chain and to nature. The use of Neonicotinoid pesticides is linked with the death of bees and other pollinators, and with declining bird populations. As concerned citizens, we call on you to vote for the Government to ban these toxic chemicals in the Netherlands.

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The birds, the bees and the Dutch

Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don't just make honey -- they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 75% of our most important food crops. And in just a few days, the Dutch Parliament could ban poisons that many scientists blame for the demise of the bees -- and the birds too.

Pesticides called Neonicotinoids have been strongly linked to the collapse of bee colonies, and also to the declining numbers of wild birds in our countryside. In a non-binding vote, the majority of MPs favoured banning these toxic chemicals. Now they have a chance to vote on a law with teeth, but companies are lobbying hard to keep the toxins flowing.

The next step to safeguard our bees is a big debate next week in Parliament. When 20,000 of us sign, a key MP has promised to take our petition straight to the heart of government! Click on the right to protect the birds and the bees in Holland, then share with everyone.

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