Re: Europe bans neonics in all 27 countries - landmark day for bees
This is a rather misleading statement. In fact, French agriculture is heavily govt. subsidised because it is so inefficient. French farmers are incredibly militant and periodically drive tractors etc right into the cities where they stage large and angry demonstrations demanding even higher subsidies. There are thousands of them because they only have a few acres each.
Originally Posted by borderbeeman
My own country gets most of it's income from agricultural exports, French subsidised agriculture is a bone of contention here because our own agriculture is not subsidised and competing on the world market with heavily subsidised agriculture from the likes of France seems rather unfair.
I'm sure their farmers do spend a bit of time toasting themselves with wine & getting fat though must be a pretty good lifestyle LOL.
As an aside, CCD does not exist here, but neonicitiniods are widely used. There is some concern among our commercial beekeepers about neonicitiniods just incase the stuff we hear from overseas turns out to be true, but as yet, there is no problem.
However it would not be correct to say neonicitiniods are harmless to bees, neonicitiniods are an insecticide, they are designed to kill insects, so of course they will kill bees. But are they more harmful than other insecticides? Well that's the part nobody has shown.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).