From January 1st the German budget supermarket chain Aldi requires its fruit and vegetable growers to no longer use eight pesticides containing neonicotinoids as they are known to be dangerous to bees. OK, there are a few caveats: only in Aldi supermarkets in the south and west of Germany and in all branches in Switzerland can you be sure fruit and veg from German or Swiss growers have been produced without neonics. And potatoes remain exempt. But from aubergines to zucchinis that still leaves a lot of produce that will be grown without danger to bees.
05 February 2016 | 2 Comments
| Recommended by 4 Louise Payton:
The Government’s recent decision to overturn a ban on bee damaging insecticides is outrageous. It goes against the explicit wishes of half a million people who told the government not to give in to pressure from the NFU and agrochemical companies, and it goes against science.
03 August 2015 | 5 Comments
| Recommended by 3 Marianne Landzettel:
Sunday supplements are brimming with recipe ideas for festive dinners, supermarket shelves are stacked high with seasonal favourites and tempting offers like 3 for 2 deals. Combine this with the steady stream of worrying news about the world economy being on the precipice of another downturn and it is clear why there’s a demand for cheap food. But while we enjoy getting more for less, maybe it’s also time to ask who ultimately pays for cheap food? The answer is: we all do, though not at the supermarket till.
24 November 2014 | 2 Comments
| Recommended by 49 Amy Leech:
Soil Association stand united alongside nine other organisations, and the millions of people they represent, The National Trust, RSPB, Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts and many others, in calling for the next government to show the leadership we expect from those in power, for them to make much needed changes to our national food and farming policy.
21 August 2014 | 1 Comments
| Recommended by 5 Marianne Landzettel:
Legislators in the US state of Minnesota took action after a study done last year by Friends of the Earth US found more than half of all bee-friendly plants bought in nurseries to be contaminated with neonicotinoids. Why is this important to us, you may ask, the EU has banned neonicotinoids for a two year trial period, all should be well.
04 July 2014 | 1 Comments
| Recommended by 8 Marianne Landzettel:
'Keep Britain Buzzing' - thanks to campaigns like the one run by the Soil Association the message comes across loud and clear: around one third of our food crops depend on bees and other insects for pollination. And the bees are under threat with more and more beekeepers finding nothing but dead bees in their hives after the winter.
09 June 2014 | 7 Comments
| Recommended by 3 Marianne Landzettel:
For those who saw him somewhere en route from Andover to London on a sunny day in May last year Paul probably still is a good dinner party story - or rather that car that was driven by a guy in a full beekeeper’s outfit, including hat, veil and gloves. But then Paul drives a hatchback and though he’d sealed the hive carefully, you never know...
14 April 2014 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 6 Louise Payton:
It has been all over the news - the dramatic decline in our bees. The most attention has been centred on our honeybees, and they are indeed faring badly with a third of bee colonies lost by British beekeepers last winter (2012/2013). But our wild bees are in deep trouble too.
05 March 2014 | 1 Comments
| Recommended by 7 Kathie Auton:
‘I love birds’, says Alex, looking out at the two fat pigeons eating crusts off our lawn. He’s six and has been ‘doing’ birds at school. ‘Aren’t they LOVELY’, he says about the Blue Tits that are showing signs of moving into our nesting box. I think it’s safe to say that kids love nature. They are fascinated by bugs and birds, enchanted by squirrels and I think if we ever saw a hedgehog there would probably be tears of joy. The sad thing is, we haven’t got that much chance of seeing a hedgehog. In part because we live in a city, but also because the hedgehog population is in decline.
11 February 2014 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 0 Emma Heseltine:
Its open farm Sunday this Sunday and like the Cumberland show it looks like we might have nice weather. The day is glorious and we have lots of activities planned. There will be farm walks, cream teas, and the bee keepers are here with a demonstration hive that we can peer into looking for the queen.
16 June 2013 | 1 Comments
| Recommended by 2 Amy Leech:
Today’s news that Waitrose are suspending the use of the three neonicotinoids in their supply chain is a ray of hope for the bees amidst predictably grey skies and gloomy headlines.
12 April 2013 | 7 Comments
| Recommended by 9 Ben Raskin:
The last couple of weeks have seen some good news for bees. First was the news that some garden centres were withdrawing bug killers that contained the neonciotinoid imidacloprid. And then came a proposal from the European Commission to completely suspend the use of three neonicotinoids – imidiacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin – that have been found to damage bees.
22 February 2013 | 41 Comments
| Recommended by 24 Amy Leech:
The birds and the bees...that’s life, or so we say – as we try to explain the ways of nature in a way that saves our blushes, and our children’s ears from hearing the facts of life too early. They’ll soon learn of course. But when will we?
18 June 2012 | 9 Comments
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