Latest salvo in the War on Bugs points toward Natural Beekeeping

Posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2008 at 6:46 pm by JTE

It’s rather satisfying working here at Chelsea Green and seeing evidence that our books are so relevant to important issues in the world. The latest bit comes in news from Germany, care of The Guardian, and it serves double duty: Germany has banned certain pesticides that are wiping out honeybees (shades of The War on Bugs!). Not only does this point us towards the need for pesticide-free agriculture, but it hints heavily at the need for the widespread adoption of Natural Beekeeping methods.

Germany has banned a family of pesticides that are blamed for the deaths of millions of honeybees. The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has suspended the registration for eight pesticide seed treatment products used in rapeseed oil and sweetcorn.

The move follows reports from German beekeepers in the Baden-W├╝rttemberg region that two thirds of their bees died earlier this month following the application of a pesticide called clothianidin.

“It’s a real bee emergency,” said Manfred Hederer, president of the German Professional Beekeepers’ Association. “50-60% of the bees have died on average and some beekeepers have lost all their hives.”

Tests on dead bees showed that 99% of those examined had a build-up of clothianidin….

Time to wake up and smell the organic coffee? (Oh it feels good to achieve a hat trick!)

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