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Three cheers for Minnesota’s bee-friendly law!

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 5

Death in disguise?

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

Bees and the raspberry revolution

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 5

A breath of life for bees

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 6

Bee friendly pest control

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 | 35 Comments | Recommended by 17

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