The European food safety watchdog said Wednesday that three pesticides currently partly banned in the EU pose a risk to wild bees and honey bees, in a long-awaited report.
Bees, our friends
To visit beekeeper Audric de Campeau’s bees, whose hives are installed on the rooftop of the Paris Mint overlooking the Seine, you will need a harness. “It’s not dangerous, but my insurance requires it,” he says as he hands one over. Same goes for Place Vendôme. (Article in French)
France has tens of thousands of amateur beekeepers, but for the 2,000 professionals who live from their harvests, the job is more and more like that of a breeder, relying on research to protect their pollen gatherers from new risks. (Article in French)
False labeling, doctored origins, or added simple syrup: the international honey market is flooded with fake products, reported Norberto Garcia, president of the International Organization of Exporters of Honey. (Article in French)
France’s honey production in 2016 saw ‘another catastrophic year’ due to the weather, falling to approximately 9,000 tons, well below the 10,000 tons in 2014, which was already considered the ‘worst year in French apiculture’, UNAF announced Thursday. (Article in French)
On the roofs of high schools in Montpellier, the Opéra de Paris or even those of the AFP, beehives have certainly integrated themselves into the urban landscape in the last several years, but urban apiculture has its limits and the city bee will never replace the countryside one. (Article in French)
German agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer was presented Friday with a petition of more than one million signatures urging it to stop manufacturing pesticides that are blamed for the decline in the world’s bee populations.
A cemetery covered in flowers over here, some pots on a balcony over there: Oslo is getting ready to create the first “highway for bees” in the world in order to protect these pollinators who are both indispensable to mankind and yet in danger. “We are constantly remodeling our environment in terms of our needs, while forgetting… ” (Article in French)
It is estimated that they help pollinate at least 200,000 species of plants and that without them there is a real risk that many fruits and vegetables will disappear from our plates. (Article in French)
The White House unveiled, Tuesday, May 19th, a national action plan to save bees and other endangered pollinators who play a key role in America’s food security and the environment. (Article in French)