Honey Bees from India – Amazing Facts


Honey Bees from India –

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When Pesticides Killed School Children In India


At Least 21 Children Died After Eating Free School Meal In India

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Dr.Vandana Shiva advises the importance of organic farming and on how the whole poison in the food system can be avoided.

We need to realize that pesticides are nothing but poison which contaminates the land , air , food , water .A change in the food system should happen in order to avoid tragedies as this. Changes as these can be brought up by the people  boycotting pesticide grown foods and opting for organically grown  ones. Which will help in purifying the food cycle again.

EU To Ban Pesticides In Order To Save Bees


EU To Ban Pesticides In Order To Save Bees

The next time you see a bee buzzing around, it’s worthwhile remembering that much of the food we eat depends significantly on pollination these insects provide. But bees and other pollinators are declining globally, particularly in North America and Europe, putting this essential role in doubt.The European Union on Tuesday restricted the use of the insecticide Fipronil, the latest move to protect honey bees after a May ban on three other insecticides.

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In the US, the loss of 30-40% of commercial honeybee colonies since 2006 has been linked to “colony collapse disorder”, a syndrome characterised by disappearing worker bees. Since 2004, losses of honeybee colonies have left North America with fewer managed pollinators than at any time in the last 50 years. In recent winters, bees colony mortality in Europe has averaged about 20% (but up to 53% for some countries).

Without insect pollination, about one-third of the crops we eat would either have to be pollinated by other means, or face considerably lower yields. In all, up to 75% of our crops would suffer some decrease in productivity. Undoubtedly, the most nutritious and interesting crops in our diet (including many key fruits and vegetables), together with some crops used as fodder in meat and dairy production, would be badly affected by a decline in insect pollinators. The most recent estimates value pollination services at €265bn.

And the problem could become even bigger as the world moves progressively towards growing more crops that are dependent on bee (and other insect) pollinators. So why are some policy-makers still trying to delay actions designed to save the farmer’s smartest natural allies?
Europe took a significant step in the right direction  the ban on the insecticide produced by Germany’s BASF was agreed by 23 of the 28 EU states, with only Spain and Romania voting against, EU sources said.

A scientific risk assessment carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in May said seeds treated with pesticides containing Fipronil pose an acute risk to Europe’s  population.

The restrictions, to apply from December 31, will ban the use of Fipronil on maize and  but may allow its use for the treatment of seeds that will only be sown in greenhouses.

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That exception will not apply to leeks, shallots, onions and vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or broccoli.

BASF criticised the decision, saying the EU executive, the European Commission, would do better to study the real reasons behind the decline in bees rather than limit the use of new technologies in farming.

In May the Commission banned for two years beginning in December three  made by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta.

Bayer of Germany and Switzerland’s Syngenta insisted that their products were not to blame for a very sharp decline in the bee population which has stoked fears over future food security, made worse by the unpredictable impact of .

Source : phys.org  , greenpeace.org

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