Een ezel op de questa

Vrijdags, gekomen van Gent-city. Fiets overladen met boodschappen, puilen langs alle zakken en mandjes uit. Hoewel het tempo onder "Tergend Traag" valt te categoriseren, fietst uw Boerinneke met de glimlach. Zo eentje van het "Kijkt eens naar mij, ik doe zo'n dingen zonder verpinken" soort. Er werd namenlijk een voorbeeld gesteld. Er werd naar Gent gegaan, boodschappen gedaan én helegans teruggefietst. En dat gebeurde elegant en gezwind. Het doodvermoeide rode hoofd was een gezonde blos, de okselvijvers een dwaling van het oog, het tempo aangenaam. Puur op Wilskracht werden de laatste meters gereden.
Kuddes fietsers zouden in file naar gent sporen, om even gezwind en zonder auto hun commissies huiswaarts te brengen. Tonnen CO2 gingen ons bespaard blijven en een standbeeld van uw Boerinneken, gestroomlijnd op haar bronzen fiets zou opgericht worden.

Tot daar de Questa kwam, en uw Boerinneken verrassend vlot werd voorbijgestoken door een oud heerschap met Bivakmuts op. Nog voor mijn waterig, vermoeid oog (één en al concentratie op de eindmeet, slechts een 500-tal meter verwijderd) hem in het hoekje kreeg, sprak hij me al aan. Van puur verschot reed ik bekans de gracht in. "Ach. Ik durfde al niet zeggen; ge zijt precies nen ezel..." stilte. Blijft even naast mij fietsen, tempo kost hem zichtbaar moeite. "ach, maar er bestaan ook vrouwtjes-ezels zekers? Ewel voila". En met enkele steken fiets BivakBever er vandoor.

En Weg was de Wilskracht.

Bijen-petitie van Avaaz

Dear friends,

Bees are dying off worldwide and our entire food chain is in peril. Scientists blame toxic pesticides and four European governments have already banned them. If we get the US and the EU to join the ban, other governments across the world could follow, and save bees from extinction. Sign the petition and forward this urgent appeal:
Silently, billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don't just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 90% of the plants we grow.

Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and some bee populations are recovering in countries where these products have been banned. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling these poisons. Our best chance to save bees now is to push the US and EU to join the ban -- their action is critical and will have a ripple effect on the rest of the world.

We have no time to lose -- the debate is raging about what to do. This is not just about saving bees, this is about survival. Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for the EU and US to outlaw these killer chemicals and save our bees and our food. Sign the emergency petition now, and send it on to everyone and we’ll deliver it to key decision makers:

Bees are vital to life on earth -- every year pollinating plants and crops with an estimated $40bn value, over one third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations -- some bee species are already extinct and last week we learned that some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers. Some studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But increasingly, independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world

This issue is now coming to the boil as major new studies have confirmed the scale of this problem. If we can get European and US decision-makers to take action, others will follow. It won’t be easy. A leaked document shows that the US Environmental Protection Agency knew about the pesticide’s dangers, but ignored them. The document says Bayer’s "highly toxic" product is a "major risk concern to non target insects [honey bees]".

We need to make our voices heard to counter Bayer’s very strong influence on policy makers and scientists in both the US and the EU where they fund the studies and sit on policy bodies. The real experts -- the beekeepers and farmers -- want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe. Let's support them now. Sign the petition below, then forward this email:

We can no longer leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets. Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.

With hope,

Alex, Alice, Iain, David and all at Avaaz


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