http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/221360911.html As a beekeeper and a consumer of food, I’m appalled that neonicotinoids are allowed in this country! Check out the article written today by fellow GreenGirl, Kim Palmer.
Our honey bees and the work they do help feed this great nation we need to take better care of our environment before all the honey bees die off.
I understand the need to keep pests out of the greenhouse in order to sell plants affordably; but don’t do it with substances known to affect honey bees! Europe has banned neonicotinoids before all the ‘studies’ were complete. Perhaps Europeans have a better understanding of the connection between the food we eat and honey bees.
Pollination has become a big business in direct correlation to the big business of food. Colony collapsing disorder has put a damper on pollination and for the first time, there was a bee shortage for the California almond crop. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0216/Fewer-bees-in-US-threaten-almond-crop