Bee careful about pesticides!

A life without bees would be a very bad place!

By Melanie Matthews

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to the dramatic collapse in bee numbers over the last decade, which is why the soil association would like to see them banned in the UK. However, they are not only found on farms. Many domestic gardening products on sale in hardware stores and garden centres also contain these chemicals.   If you're buying any kind of pest control check the ingredients – the Soil Association say that anything that contains acetamiprid, imidacloprid, thiacloprid or thiamethoxam should be avoided. More information and a complete list of c hemicals on the Soil Association website   

Last Flight of the Honeybee in the US   A bee-less world wouldn't just mean the end of honey - Einstein said that if the honeybee became extinct, then so would mankind. Alison Benjamin reported on this very real threat in the Guardian last year - click here to read the article   

This page was added by Melanie Matthews on 19/06/2011.