Bee biodiversity for better human well-being – Guest Post by Marvin Delany

N.b Image by David Dewitt (See here for more information) The UN conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972 raised awareness of the negative effects of industrial development on agriculture. Standardization of production systems damages the genetic heritage of a number of species.  One of the most endangered species is the darkContinue reading “Bee biodiversity for better human well-being – Guest Post by Marvin Delany”

‘Wheat farming – neonic seeds are bad news for the birds and the bees’ – Guest Post by Sandra Bell

Farmers depend upon nature for a range of free services – from pollination to pest control – but, unbeknown to them, could the seeds they are using be harming the very creatures that they need most? A new report from Friends of the Earth – Farming Wheat without Neonicotinoids – makes the case for neonicotinoidContinue reading “‘Wheat farming – neonic seeds are bad news for the birds and the bees’ – Guest Post by Sandra Bell”

Bees, Neonics and the future of food

The crisis of the disappearing bees is one that people at large remain largely oblivious to or unconcerned about. Since the early observations of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) around the world, bee keepers and scientists have been trying their hardest to find a reasoning behind the phenomenon. However, as with any environmental issue the issueContinue reading “Bees, Neonics and the future of food”

Bees , Pesticides and Politicians

A week ago, all eyes in the European arable industry were on the European Commission as they decided whether or not to place a ban on neonicotinoids, the pesticide family thought to be influencing the decline in bee populations. In fact, in the end, only 15 member states voted for the ban on clothianidin, imidacloprid andContinue reading “Bees , Pesticides and Politicians”