Prado del Rey, August 20, 2020. – The Andalusian parliamentarian of VOX for Cádiz, Ángela Mulas, has held a meeting with beekeepers from the Sierra de Cádiz to learn, first-hand, the main demands of a artisan sector of great importance in the province of Cadiz. To give an example, only in Prado del Rey more than 40 families currently live from beekeeping as small producers.
Luis Salguero and Laura Gutiérrez, president and technical secretary respectively of the Association of Beekeepers of Andalusia, have transferred to VOX their concerns about the use, by the autonomous government, of toxic pesticides like glyphosate, declared carcinogenic Category 2A by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This product, in addition to causing the extinction of a large part of the flora, poisons bees and can even contaminate honey, assuming a risk to consumers' health.
"The beekeepers themselves complain that the Junta de Andalucía is using glyphosate in areas such as the roadsides, putting at risk the flora, the population of bees, the economy of the producers and the health of the consumers. That is why we urge the Andalusian administration to ban the use of this substance for all the negative consequences that it entails ”, Angela Mulas pointed out after the meeting with the beekeepers in Prado del Rey.
Another of the complaints collected by the Andalusian deputy of VOX is the alert about a possible fraud in the labeling of honeys which are marketed in Spain since, with current Spanish regulations, the consumer does not have all the information about their origin, quality or treatment. “Unlike other European countries, in Spain it seems that anything goes, so we ask for more rigorous requirements when labeling the product, so that the consumption of honey of Spanish origin is encouraged, guaranteeing a higher quality, preserving a millenary trade and avoiding the extinction of the honey bee in Spain ”adds Mulas.
It should be remembered that VOX presented, last March, a Proposition No of Law in Congress in which they show the fundamental role played by Spanish beekeepers, not only in economic terms, since the production of honey generates about 62 million euros per year, but also for the conservation of the natural environment, ecosystems and the maintenance of biodiversity.
Problems like drought, the Asian hornet plague, the use of toxic pesticides or the importation of honeys from third countries, mainly from China, they pose a tough risk that have turned the crisis in the beekeeping sector into a national problem.
From VOX we bet on the start-up of plans to promote the consumption of national honey, as well as the development of new legislation that requires labeling the origin and percentage of honey, even when they are mixed honeys of both community and non-community origin. VOX considers that a regulatory review of honey imports is necessary to require the importation of honeys from third countries to comply with the same requirements as Spanish bee products.
Finally, and also taking into account the claims made by beekeepers in the province of Cádiz, we advocate the implementation of adequate and professional training in beekeeping, as well as the increase in university research in the branches of veterinary control and intervention, thus reinforcing the fight disease that are seriously affecting the honey bee population