National Pollinator Strategy

Neil Parish MP raises the possibility of growing more bee-friendly crops to help promote bee numbers during a debate on the National Pollinator Strategy.

Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): I thank my hon. Friend for giving way and for bringing this matter to the House. This year, the climate has been good and the bee population, which is important, has risen. What we need to focus on is having bee-friendly crops not only around fields but along the railway lines and elsewhere. We must take a proactive role in growing more crops, so that there is more food for bees, which will allow their colonies to grow. The climate has been good this year, but we cannot guarantee that every year.

Sarah Newton (Truro and Falmouth) (Con): My hon. Friend makes a very good point. Without the services of these pollinators, who depend on the sorts of measures my hon. Friend has mentioned, we would see a decline in the variety and availability of nutritious food in the UK, or we would have to introduce expensive mechanical or hand-pollination methods, which would drive up food prices in our country.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 16 October 2014, c529)