EU has decided to restrict bee-harming pesticide

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Bees are essential for the health of people and the planet. Honey and other products have medicinal properties, and the role of bees as pollinators makes them vital for food supplies. No exaggeration, we all depend on bees Pesticides are substances used to eliminate unwanted pests. Insecticides rid us of unwanted insects. Unfortunately, honey bees are insects and are greatly affected by insecticides. There are several ways honey bees can be killed by insecticides. One is direct contact of the insecticide on the bee while it is foraging in the field. The bee immediately dies and does not return to the hive. In this case the queen, brood and nurse bees are not contaminated and the colony survives. The second more deadly way is when the bee comes in contact with an insecticide and transports it back to the colony, either as contaminated pollen or nectar or on its body.


As a long time Crime Pays but Botany Doesn’t viewer, bees are one method of pollen transfer for plants. You also have beetles, butterflies, wind, random other bugs, etc. Some are very well known as to what methods that specific plant uses, others are more botany level research. I’m middle aged now and I have no doubt the amount of big splatter the past decade has gone down on everyone’s windshields here in the Midwest. Perhaps it is some aerodynamic angle of windshields over the past few decades…but the angles seem pretty similar to me. Maybe some doctorate candidate is researching average windshields angles by year and correlating it to average insect population numbers…good thesis if you are out there and not sure what to do. But the sheer amount of chemicals pumped into yards and farms in the US, whether increasing farm yields or decreasing “bugs” in suburban entitlement zones has to have an effect. Also I grow a lot of basil and let it flower out basically untouched til frost every year. Out of all the things I have grown over the years, the bees and bumblebees are nearly non-stop after it starts to flower. And they care about the plant, not me sitting next to it. So not a bother. Holy basil seems to do the best, but they seem to gather on nearly any flowering basil. Grow one for your use, 2 for them to full bush size with no cutting back. Tulsi is not quite the same as Genovese and more Mediterranean varieties…the plants that have grown nearly 4ft wide the past few years come out of a sidewalk crack right next to the air conditioner water drain…once established, the Tulsi seems to thrive with very consistent moisture.


Why? Are they suddenly worried that life might be hard for us mighty humans without the lowly bumblebee? I really wish we KNEW the scope of how deleterious our use of pesticides is. Born and raised in Western NY. I remember as a youth, in the summer season, especially, how badly the insects would cover the windshield and front of a car. I don’t have that problem nowadays. It’s scarier than it is saddening.


About time!!! Now get the rest of the world to do the same before all our food has to be grown in a lab


We don’t use DDT anymore either. We have to change with the times. Science and technology are constantly evolving so we need to change our practical usage of it.