California’s Honeybee Plight and the EU is Looking at Banning Neonictinoid Pesticides

This winter bee colonies have been hit hard in the United States and this blog post talks about what is looking like a bee crisis in California.  The big question is whether there is going to be enough honeybees to pollinate this year’s crops there and in other states.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/02/12/bee-decline-could-hurt-almond-growers-signs-things-come

In the new the European Union is considering a 2 year ban on neonictinoid pesticides that some studies have linked to Colony Collapse Disorder and the disappearance of honeybees.  “This is only the beginning, Lodesani says: “Modern farming requires a complete change of thinking, away from a reliance on chemicals and back to a respect for biodiversity.” In other words, he says, when we talk about bees and crops, we are really talking about canaries and coal mines.”

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-19/to-revive-honey-bees-europe-proposes-a-pesticide-ban

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