What is Really Killing the Bees?
Original story at Permaculture Magazine• mentions •
What is causing the dramatic decline of bees all over the world? We publish a useful infographic that explores the causes and shows the effects that the extinction of bees would have on produce both locally and globally.With the winter chill on the horizon, it’s easy to forget about the pesticides vs. bees debate that made headlines in the spring. The issue, though, is far from resolved. Now that the dedicated pollinators are hidden away in their hives, cleverly avoiding the incoming cold weather, it may be time to take stock of what the real problem is and how it might be solved.Click HERE for a detailed infographic that describes many the causes bee deaths, which have risen by almost 80% in some parts of Europe.In April this year, a two-year ban on neonicotinoids was passed by the European Union. This was the result of a lengthy argument between bee keepers and grain farmers, and was eventually put in place due to the risk the chemicals pose to bees. The battle is far from won, however, as is evidenced by the lack of a “qualified majority” in the EU’s voting results. Britain, which abstained from the vote last time, voted against in April’s ballot, whilst Germany, France and Poland voted in favour. This suggests that the decision to ban neonicotinoids was controversial, with a strong number of countries prioritising farming over the welfare of bees.