Fears over bee decline

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP Angela Smith has joined campaigners from Friends of the Earth to draw attention to the ‘alarming decline’ in UK bee numbers.

Ms Smith, Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, is backing the organisation’s Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan.

The plan proposes greater planting of flowers and a reduction in use of chemicals which harm bees.

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 – which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and veg, to rocket.

Ms Smith said: “I am concerned about the rapid decline in British bees.”