5 Ways to Save the Bees
The latest on the pesticide threat to bees (see Nicotine Bees) is a small victory: a garden supplier has removed the words ‘low toxic to beneficial insects’ from an advertisement for Confidor. This pesticide is extremely toxic to the world’s most beneficial insect, the honey bee. These nicotine-based pesticides are banned in Europe because of links to bee deaths. They stay in the plant right through to flowering – so bees are poisoned by pollen, nectar, dust, and water. Latest research shows how the pesticides contribute to the bee crisis by exposing bees from multiple sources. Photo: Sarah Anderson.
5 Ways to Save the Bees:
- Avoid chemicals such as Confidor, Poncho, Advantage, Marathon, Merit and Admire (grotesque names).
- Buy local honey.
- Grow bee-friendly plants, such as lavender.
- Let there be weeds; let the broccoli go to seed.
- Put out clean water in a shallow dish.