What’s All the Buzz About?
Environmentalists, bee-lovers, people who enjoy fresh produce and bees all over the world: we have reason to celebrate! The UK recently decided to back a total ban on all bee-killing pesticides across Europe.
The decision announced in November represents a turnaround from the government’s previous position that there wasn’t enough evidence to support the ban.
Now, says Environment Secretary Michael Gove, new evidence indicates that the risk to bees and other insects from neonicotinoids, a class of insecticide also known as neonics, is “greater than previously understood.”
A Look at the Latest Findings
While news of the ban in the UK is good, the problem that it relates to is not. Here’s a peek at some startling new research from the last year:
- A study in Nature suggests that neonicotinoids have a significant impact on the success or failure of young queen bees to start new colonies.
- A study in Science found 75% of the honey produced worldwide contains neonicotinoids.
- A study in PLOS One showed that 75% of flying insect populations in German nature reserves has been lost over the last 27 years.
While this news is certainly attention-getting, the fact remains that we can all take action to not only help protect the bees but also to help maintain a steady supply of pollination-dependent fruits and vegetables.
5 More Ways to Bee Helpful
- Plant bee-friendly flowers and flowering herbs in your garden and yard.
- Don’t pick the weeds, especially clover and dandelion.
- Don’t use chemicals or pesticides to treat your lawn or garden.
- Keep a small container of fresh water outside your home. Bees are thirsty!
- Buy locally grown, organic food.
- About one in every three bites of food we eat is dependent on insect pollination. And the honeybee is responsible for about 80% of that pollination.
- Of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of our food worldwide, 71 are bee-pollinated.
- Bees alone are estimated to add more than $15 billion in value to farm production each year, impacting more than 200 crop varieties.
On Board the Bee Highway!
Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is taking steps to create a more bee-friendly environment by building the world’s first bee highway!
- The United Kingdom Will Ban Pesticides Harmful To Bees
- A worldwide survey of neonicotinoids in honey | Science
- More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas
- Pesticide reduces bumblebee colony initiation and increases probability of population extinction
- The UK finally supports total ban on all bee-killing pesticides
- 6 Ways You Can Help Save the Bees | Norwex Movement
- Bee Helpful: 7 Things You Can Do for Pollinators | Norwex Movement
- 10 bee-friendly herbs | Ideal Home
- honeybee pollinator crisis | Norwex Movement
- Norway Builds First Known ‘Bee Highway’ | YouTube