The European Commission will enact a two-year ban on a class of pesticides thought to be harming global bee populations, the European Union’s health commissioner said Monday. “I pledge to do my utmost to ensure that our bees, which are so vital to our ecosystem and contribute over €22 billion annually to European agriculture, are protected,” Tonio Borg said in a statement from Brussels, where the commission is based. Mr. Borg made the announcement after representatives of the 27 E.U. member states failed for the second time in two months to reach a binding agreement on a proposal to ban the pesticides, known as neonicotinoids. The commission had proposed the ban after the European Food Safety Authority recommended in January that use of the pesticides be restricted until scientists determined whether they were contributing to a die-off in bee colonies. More >
Did you know planting bee friendly plants gives bees and other pollinators greatly needed nutrition? That with one phone call or visit to your garden center you can empower yourself and your garden with plants appropriate for your hardiness zone and make a mix that will bloom from spring to fall? That the more bees and other pollinators you attract to your bee friendly garden, the better your garden will grow? It's true. And one more thing we won't apologize for repeating on The Buzz: cut back on the pesticides, let the clover you usually cut away grow (its actually good for your grass and great for bees) and cut down on mulch as many native bees and pollinators tunnel and can be blocked by heavy mulch.
Topics: Save the Bees
You may not be setting up hives on your roof or in your backyard anytime soon, but to save our endangered bees, you don't need to.
It's true! There are several simple things you and I can do to help the bees in our communities flourish.
"Yes, you read correctly. Royal. But you won't find The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales or The Duchess of Cornwall anywhere near it. That's because Royal Jelly is a creamy-white substance that is fed to larvae (baby bees) to turn them into Queen Bees. It acts as a megavitamin. If a bee receives Royal Jelly, she turns into a Queen, and if she does not, she remains a sterile worker bee. Royally cool, yes?"Zeke Freeman, Founder Bee Raw Honey
"Yes, bee bread. But it's not what you think. You don't bake it, and you can't buy it at a bakery. Nope, bee bread is the name of that unique and life-sustaining mixture of collected pollen and nectar—or honey—deposited in the cells of a comb that bees eat to live."Neal Boulton, The Buzz