A bee or not a bee, that is the question!

As keen observers of all things environmental we have been watching with interest the recent European ban on pesticides which, according to some experts, have been a major contributor to the demise of bees across the planet. The jury is still out on this one. In fact, the UK stands very much on the ‘not guilty’ side when it comes to pesticides causing this issue and voted no to an overall ban. However, despite the UK’s controversial no vote which caused much criticism, the ban is still taking place and will last for 2 years.

The bee, amongst other pollinating insects, is responsible for pollinating a staggering 75% of all crops and therefore is absolutely vital for global food production. Without them we will be facing a massive worldwide food crisis which doesn’t bear thinking about. It is hoped that this 2 year ban will restore the bee population and start to reverse the problem.

Truth to tell, scientists have been baffled by the demise of the bee for a long time now and whilst disease, loss of habitat and pesticides have been earmarked as the main suspects, nobody really knows. So, in light of this, is a 2 year ban on pesticides a risk worth taking? The UK doesn’t think so. A spokesperson for the BBKS (British Bee Keepers Association) has raised a concern that this ban could lead to the pesticide being replaced by older more hazardous products being sprayed onto the crops and the British government have stated that there is no scientific proof that pesticides are at the root cause of this problem.

On the other side of the fence you have environmentalists who applaud the banning of the pesticides and say that it is a vote for common sense. The chemical companies who make the pesticides don’t quite see it that way!

Time will tell if this ban will make a difference. We urge you to keep an eye on your own gardens over the forthcoming months to see if you see a rise in visiting bees. We certainly will be! – See more at: