Monday, April 29, 2013

Feel the Buzz - European Beekeepers Popping Corks Now

Today the EU today decided to ban - for two years - three of the leading pesticides suspected in bee colony collapse.

While bee advocates failed to secure the majority of 14 votes needed to outright ban the substances, they did achieve 13 votes - which outnumbered the nine nations who voted no to oppose the measure, and the five who abstained.

The banned pesticides include clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam.

In 2010, more than 45,000 pounds of imidacloprid was used on wine grapes in California, over 194,000 acres.

Overall in the state, 67 million pounds were used over 1,164,808 acres.

See Associated Press coverage here.

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