Why ‘natural’ beekeeping could save our honey-making friends – Telegraph

Why ‘natural’ beekeeping could save our honey-making friends – Daily Telegraph article.

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7 Responses to Why ‘natural’ beekeeping could save our honey-making friends – Telegraph

  1. itsonlyausername says:

    Very good article. I was very pleased to read about the need to put bees first. Makes a refreshing change. I also had cause to comment when one distinctly BBKA personage dismissed the article out of hand. Very bad form if you ask me. Had to take him to task. Can’t have disinformation. 🙂

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  2. itsonlyausername says:

    I have just .received this item of news from the UK Farming group. It relates to the costs of removing neonicotinoids from agriculture. As I am sure you will all agree it is not exactly a valid report. It does not rely upon science but more on supposition. It also neglects completely the cost to agriculture of the demise of bees and other pollinators. It does not take into account the true cost of employing millions of people to manually pollinate the crops we currently employ the insect pollinators, including the bees, to do for free. If all these true costs were put into the calculations I think it would tell another story completely. Amazing what the agrochemical industry will stoop to to secure its profits from the destruction. Playing on peoples fears of food shortages and loss of jobs is the usual classical trick employed time and time again to secure the agenda of these corporations. We need to comment just as much on is article as well.

    http://www.farminguk.com/News/Restrictions-on-neonicotinoid-would-put-630m-at-risk-_24810.html

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  3. Paul says:

    Good comment. Might be better as a post in its own right – not everyone spots comments.
    I’ve skimmed the report and confirm it only calculates costs, or lost benefits. It is very noticeable that bees – the signature insect of thegood side of insects – are mentioned just once, in ~80 pages.

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  4. itsonlyausername says:

    Further information about the authors of the Neonicotinoid research paper linked in a previous comment from me.
    http://www.neonicreport.com/abouttheauthors/

    Take a look at who paid for the research.

    And for those interested in the total cost of pollination services provided by bees:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120904101128.htm

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  5. itsonlyausername says:

    Its now turning into a landslide of evidence against the chemical industries. New research now shows even more evidence of harm to bumblebees.
    http://gmo-journal.com/2013/01/16/new-study-finds-neonics-dangerous-to-bumblebees/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GMO-Journal+%28GMO+Journal%29

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  6. itsonlyausername says:

    And finally folks we seem to be making some headway in getting neonicotinoids banned. Its not a done deal yet but its still progress. Been very buzy just these last few hours with news coming in thick and fast in favour of the bees.
    http://phys.org/news/2013-01-eu-hints-insecticide-threat-bees.html#nwlt

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