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In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives.
They produce 6000 tones of honey per year.
Each hive is worth about £400 to the agricultural economy.
We produce only 20% of the honey we consume - the rest is imported.

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Systemic Pesticides

Published 29.May.2012, 7:15pm

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Taken from a article written by Tim Lovett in the May 2012 edition of BBKA News.
 
Please forward this (under your own name with the acknowledgement to Tim Lovett) to the CRD and your local MP. We must keep up the pressure until the Government takes action.

David Wood (vice chairman Kent Beekeepers' Association)
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Dear Sirs,
 
You are no doubt aware of the problems resulting from the use of systemic pesticide that result in the gradual loss of pollinating insects and all nectar feeders including butterflies and moths. The work reported in Science by Goulson et al on honeybees is a matter for very serious concern.
 
It is vital that the CRD reviews this new and other recently published data in depth and reports back in a full and transparent fashion. The findings and limitations of these studies and their relevance to bee health and indeed to the health of all beneficial insects including butterflies and moths must be subject to close scrutiny, and appropriate action taken, if justified. The BBKA (British Beekeepers' Association) also renews its call on the competent EU authority to review the regulatory requirements for products in this class of neonicotinoid pesticides order to detect possible sub-lethal effects, which may not be identified by current testing regimes. Over time, the BBKA has campaigned for more *research into this group of compounds as evidenced in its paper Honey Bee Health Research Concepts (Jan 2009) and earlier papers submitted to Government. The BBKA itself is funding research on pesticide residues in bee colonies at Keele University.
 
Honey bees, bumblebees and all nectar/pollen feeders share the same environment and will be exposed to the same negative influences of poor forage availability, diseases, bad weather and agrochemical products. The BBKA is currently conducting its fifth annual winter survey of honey bee colony survival, which will be reported as soon as the data are gathered and analysed.
 
(Original article in the May edition of BBKA News by Tim Lovett, BBKA Public Affairs Director)
 
*Similar research has been carried out by the University of Stirling and in France with conclusive results.

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Lee Wright
12.Jun.2012 9:58am [ 1 ]

Bra-voo, Keep the pressure on them, these neonicitinoids(sic) need to be BANNED!!! Across the pond here we are into our 4th year now of having severe losses- personally. Others have had more years of progressively higher losses. It is my understanding that 'Monsanto' ,who supplies @ 80% of the corn seed here, has coated the seed with a neonicitinoid- so now it is there from planting- great. Good Luck,Lee Wright, Oklahoma,U.S.A.

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