Bees
Bees survival: ban more pesticides?Bees survival: ban more pesticides?

Neonicotinoids are under intense scrutiny. But a ban of a broad variety of pesticides may be required to protect bees, humans and the environment.

May 2013
Marco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticidesMarco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticides

Exposure to sub-lethal doses of neonicotinoids may have a long-term effect on bees. One of Italy’s top bee researchers recommends a ban on insecticide-coated seeds and in reintroducing rotating cultures against pests invasion.

May 2013
Bees “restored to health” in Italy after this spring’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowingBees “restored to health” in Italy after this spring’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing

During this year’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing in Italy hardly a bee colony has been lost, bar a suspicious case where some leftover seed from last year may have been used

June 2009
"Bee mortality has never be so high all over the world at the same time""Bee mortality has never be so high all over the world at the same time"

Francesco Panella, president of the Italian Beekepers' Association points out the very negative effects that neonicotinoids might have on bees

May 2009
World relies on endangered bees for 153 billion eurosWorld relies on endangered bees for 153 billion euros

Precious insect pollinators hold an almighty 153 billion euros worldwide on their industrious wings for the main crops that feed the planet every year. If they all disappeared overnight, so would 9.5% of the total value of global agriculture production used for human food

May 2009
"Bees go mad and become lost because of neonicotinoid dispersion""Bees go mad and become lost because of neonicotinoid dispersion"Moreno Greatti explains how pneumatic sowing machines produce a fine dust by causing abrasions on the coating of rougher, uneven maize seeds, with allegedly disastrous effects on bees. (May '09)May 2009
Italy keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save beesItaly keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save beesThe Italian Agriculture Ministry suspended the use of pesticides containing clothianidin, thiametoxam and imidacloprid for the coating of any plant seeds (May '09).May 2009
"Massive bee loss coincided overwhelmingly with maize sowing""Massive bee loss coincided overwhelmingly with maize sowing"

Giacomo Michelatti explains how an Italian regional government spearheaded the monitoring of dead bees and gave the government clear recommendations in favour of a suspension of neonicotinoid maize seed coating

May 2009
No Bees No FruitsNo Bees No Fruits

Scientists achieved an alarming result: pollinators and insect-pollinated plants in Britain and the Netherlands are declining, while the number of wild bees dramatically increases

November 2007
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