A Belgian start-up is analysing pollen samples to monitor bees’ environments, a Quebecois innovation is tapping AI tech to ‘give bees a voice’, and dairy farmers in the UK and Sweden are creating insect-friendly ecosystems to promote biodiversity.
An international team of scientists have called for an 'evidence-driven debate' on the links between neonicotinoids and pollinator bee deaths, as they publish a 'restatement' of the scientific evidence.
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) – an NGO that monitors lobbying activities – has accused Syngenta and Bayer of ‘furious lobbying’ against a European proposal to suspend use of three neonicotinoid insecticides in order to protect bees.
The Soil Association has criticised Hilary Benn’s decision not to ban pesticides believed to damage honey bees’ neurological and immune systems while millions are invested in trying to halt honey bee decline.
Latest UK efforts to halt honey bee decline aim to stimulate more communication on reporting health problems in hives, as disappearing pollinators could have a serious effect on food supply and ingredient sourcing.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is launching a 9-month project to investigate the causes of honey bee ‘colony collapse disorder’, and is encouraging all parties to share any data on the problem.