This morning (Friday at 0545hrs) I was on my way to work listening to Radio 4’s Farming Today program. The first item up was an interview with Margaret Ginman, a spokeswoman from the Bee Farmers Association. All well and good until you listen to what this spokeswoman has to say. You can download the podcast for free dated 28th June 2013. According to a website I visited Margaret Ginman is the first paid secretary of the Bee Farmers Association. She is also a journalist and a businesswoman.
Also according to her anyone who doesn’t keep bees doesn’t know anything about bees and is therefore of no consequence to what needs to be done for bees. So don’t bother planting any bee friendly garden plants people. You don’t know what you are doing. The very odd thing was she very deliberately did not go anywhere near neonicotinoids. Neither did the presenter interviewing her. I know why too. 🙂
Ah! The Dark Side methinks. The Bayer Connection!
As for the proposed solutions from Lord de Mauley that were discussed she dismissed them until she had had a chance to ask him what he meant by these reserves for bees. In fact her entire tone was one of derision of anyone else, even beekeepers, for even daring to suppose we actually know anything about bees. If you aren’t a Bee Farmer Association member of this organisation then you don’t know anything about bees.
This woman and her association needs a swift reminder of the importance of natural beekeepers and the real world people who care enough to try to help pollinators without expectation of reward. Arrogant, pompous and very insulting. That was and still is my view.
How does the BBC Radio 4 team manage to find these people everytime I’m listening to it? This is the second time recently where they have presented an erroneous and biased report on beekeeping.