Pesticides and bees – all you ever wanted to know

03 October 2012

The excellent Friends of the Earth bees campaign has shown that bees and other pollinators are suffering from multiple threats. From disease and parasites, to lack of food and poor husbandry, bees are facing an onslaught.

And as The Bee Cause points out, the cost to us of losing these key species would be enormous - and the results catastrophic.

While it's impossible to point the finger at just one factor for the declines, it's clear that pesticide use is playing a part.

The role of pesticides is a confusing area for many. Are neonicotinoid insecticides directly poisoning bees? Is it the overuse of herbicides reducing forage areas? Or is it a combination of factors related to pesticides? Can stopping use of some pesticides, and reducing the use of others, help bee populations thrive?

Is the current regulatory approach in the UK adequate? And what are other European countries doing about pesticides and bees?

To answer these questions Pesticide Action Network UK has published 8 fact sheets on Bee Declines and the Link with Pesticides.

The fact sheets suggest how the effects of pesticides on bees can be halted or reduced. PAN UK hopes Friends of the Earth supporters will use the fact sheets in their awareness-raising and campaigning.

They are ready to download at PAN's website. We are encouraging people to copy and share them widely.

Knowledge is power. We believe that the more people know about the issue the harder it will be for our decision makers to turn a blind eye.

Keith Tyrell, Pesticide Action Network

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