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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This whole issue is about much more than bees, important though they be. Whole ecosystems are being compromised by the use of chemicals such as these. Humanity will be the loser to the short term gain of the shareholders in the Big Pharma companies.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you should read the sixth great extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/16/sixth-extinction-unnatural-history-elizabeth-kolbert-review
You will be surprised who is at fault not chemicals, not climate change but an even greater parasite.........................
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Surely something's got to happen? With Earth's population growing by around 70,000 PER DAY, all of whom will expect food and raw materials to exist, is it any wonder that this demand is having a disastrous effect on so many branches of nature as food producers try to cope?

Politicians refuse to acknowledge the problem so the planet's heading for a global situation equivalent to Ireland not having the option of emigration for surplus population. Just picture Ireland with every person born on the island since, say, World War ll still being here - and you've got the answer on a world scale. Quote from David Attenborough 'This can't go on!'[/i]

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 There are enough resources in the world for everyone to have enough - they just aren't fairly shared.
2 It is well known that, worldwide, families have had many children as an 'insurance policy' against high infant mortality, poverty and incapacity in old age. Once people cease to fear these kinds of insecurities they start to have smaller families and population growth in those communities slows down.
3 If we, as a race, were to strive to ensure that everything we do is done in such a way as to make the world a good place for babies to be born into, then our self-induced problems would soon reduce.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently heard that, due to a mix of modern farming methods and the way supermarkets operate, up to 40% of food is wasted - that's BEFORE we buy something, stick it in the fridge and forget about it! Shocked

But we are getting away from the original thread, so - Mairead, have you decided what you are going to grow on that bank?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point - this discussion got shunted over from the Neonic one. So, what's it going to be, Mairead?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why campanula of course. I said it ages ago. Then you lot went off on a tangent. Never see me doing that!!! Try and stick to the topic folks. Hee hee.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Why campanula of course. I said it ages ago. Then you lot went off on a tangent. Never see me doing that!!! Try and stick to the topic folks. Hee hee.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If only I knew what those emoticons meant.....
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have decided to leave it for a year to let the hedge fill out, then we will have a better idea of the amount of light the area will be getting, but thanks a million for the suggestions, when the time comes for planting we now have a few possibilities to go with. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could always try a couple of trays of winter pansies and primula. Just for a bit of colour over the winter.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Sue, funnily enough there is one single solitary primrose that blooms brightly every spring. I think it needs the company of a few more primroses.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And campanula! You won't be sorry.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tagwax, I'll try some campanula and see how they get on, when the hedge grows it is likely that they will be in shade from before 12 noon onwards.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If a wild primrose is happy it's a good indication that more will be happy there. You might get some interesting hybrids - they are fairly promiscuous, as a rule.
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