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Agrifood 06-10-2017

Study: Bee-harming pesticides in 75% of honey worldwide

Traces of pesticides that act as nerve agents on bees have been found in 75% of honey worldwide, raising concern about the survival of these crucial crop pollinators, researchers said yesterday (5 October).

Agrifood 21-08-2017

Spanish honey production drops, as disappearing bees continue to sound alarm bells

Honey production in Spain dropped 4.08% last year, the country's agriculture ministry warned. A decline in bees, which pollinate between 5% and 8% of global food production, poses a serious threat the food chain. EURACTIV's partner EFEagro reports.

Agrifood 30-06-2017

US journal Science publishes study linking neonicotinoids to bee deaths

Two of the most extensive field studies conducted to date in Europe and Canada have confirmed the hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides are harmful to bees and other pollinating species.

Agrifood 15-05-2017

Ethiopia’s huge honey production potential in search of modern techniques

The beehives of Ethiopia, Africa's top honey producer, make about a quarter of the continent's honey, but travellers who come to sample the liquid gold often find there isn't enough to go around .

Agrifood 24-03-2017

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides

The world’s most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European Commission, seen by EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian.

Agrifood 12-01-2017

Greenpeace: Neonicotinoids pose risks to multiple species

Neonicotinoid pesticides should be considered a serious threat not only to honeybees, but also to many other species, according to a scientific review published today (12 January) by Greenpeace.

Agrifood 28-11-2016

Neonicotinoids face total EU ban

After the two-year moratorium on three types of neonicotinoid pesticides, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this month issued an unfavourable opinion on two of the chemicals, for uses that are still authorised. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Agrifood 22-09-2016

Pesticide manufacturers’ own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees

Unpublished field trials by pesticide manufacturers show their products cause serious harm to honeybees at high levels, leading to calls from senior scientists for the companies to end the secrecy which cloaks much of their research.

Major study links neonicotinoid pesticides to wild bee declines

Wild bees that forage from oilseed rape crops treated with insecticides known as neonicotinoids are more likely to undergo long-term population declines than bees that forage from other sources, according to the findings of an 18-year study.

Agrifood 27-07-2016

France delays ban on neonicotinoids until 2018

Environmental groups fear that the biodiversity bill adopted last Wednesday (20 July) will be watered down under the next French government, particularly the ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, which has been put off until 2018. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Agrifood 16-06-2016

European Bee Week: What the EU should do for bees and biodiversity

While it has already taken some action, the EU still has a lot of work to do to protect bees and other pollinators and, thus, improve food security and preserve biodiversity, writes Daniel Penev.

Agrifood 02-05-2016

Belgium and France are EU’s bee mortality hotspots

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published figures on the loss of bees in the EU. Belgium tops the list for winter mortality, and France for the beekeeping season. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Agrifood 17-03-2016

Paris pushes EU to ban bee-killing pesticides

In a bid to spur the EU into action, the French ban on neonicotinoids could be set back several months and subject to a number of exceptions. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 01-03-2016

Decline of pollinators threatens our agricultural system

Pollinating insects are facing threats on an unprecedented scale, but our need for them has never been greater.Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

France debates future of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

The French environment agency hopes to further restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. These chemicals, linked to bee colony collapse have been the subject of a European moratorium since 2013. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

National Front stung in attempt to ban bee pesticide

The main groups in the European Parliament have rejected a proposal from the French National Front to ban a bee-killing pesticide, in an attempt to shut the extreme right out of the legislative process. EURACTIV France reports

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Pesticides pose risk to bees, EU watchdog says

Widely-used pesticides made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk to bees, the European Union's food safety watchdog said yesterday (26 August), reinforcing previous research that led to EU restrictions.

UK suspends ban on pesticides linked to serious harm in bees

Farmers will be able to use blacklisted pesticides linked to serious harm in bees after the UK government temporarily lifted an EU ban.

Are bees getting hooked on pesticides?

Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them, research showed Wednesday (22 April).

A European honey bee extracts nectar from an Aster flower using its proboscis [John Severns]

Britain’s honeybee colony deaths among worst in Europe, study reveals

A landmark study has revealed the UK is suffering one of the worst rates of honeybee colony deaths in Europe.

Agrifood 04-02-2014

Pesticides halve bees’ pollen gathering ability, research shows

Bumblebees exposed to controversial pesticides collect just half the pollen they would otherwise harvest, according to new research, depriving their growing young of their only source of protein.

Public Affairs 17-06-2013

Should EU regulatory professionals start engaging in social media?

We are witnessing a new phenomenon where online tools, and especially the mobilising force of social media is no longer restricted to high politics or pure monitoring of EU events, but it is entering the realm of regulatory issues, from pesticides to intellectual property, where policy makers, both on national and EU level, are keen (and sometimes forced) to listen to the public, says András Baneth.

Pesticide firms compete to showcase bee-protection programmes

Monsanto’s “Bee Summits” and Bayer AG’s “Bee care centre” are the latest examples of how pesticide makers are competing to showcase their goodwill to policymakers in Europe and the US that they are taking the necessary steps to protect bee populations. The companies say their pesticides are not the problem, but critics say science shows the opposite.

Insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees

Europe is on the brink of a landmark ban on the world's most widely used insecticides, which have increasingly been linked to serious declines in bee numbers. Despite intense secret lobbying by British ministers and chemical companies against the ban, revealed in documents obtained by the British newspaper, the Observer, a vote in Brussels today (29 April) is expected to lead to the suspension of the nerve agents.