LONDON - Scores of worried beekeepers — and a brace of fashionistas — have gathered outside Britain's Parliament in a bid to convince the government to back a ban on pesticides that have been blamed for a worrying drop in bee populations.
The demonstrators say they hope to influence Britain's vote next week on a proposed European Union ban on some pesticides.
Some wore beekeepers' protective costumes or bright bee-like stripes to underscore their point.
Researcher Robert Mitton said Friday there has been a "rapid decline" in bee population and diversity since the pesticides came into use in the 1990s.
Fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett delivered a petition supporting the ban to Prime Minister David Cameron's residence.
The British government has previously abstained from votes on the EU proposal.
British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood holds up a sign supporting bee-keepers as she joins a demonstration outside the Place of Westminster in support of apiarists and their campaign to show public opinion ahead of the European Commission vote on the proposal to ban bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides, in London, Friday, April, 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Over 2 million Avaaz.org members voted for the ban on Neonicotinoids. Will Peterson ignore this? If so is this really Democracy?
Without Bees there will be no food. What then? Do we want to be the generation that killed life on Earth? If not then lets ban the Neonicotinoid killing pesticides! Why wait? Light up the darkness! Act NOW!